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Turkish Coastguard Rescues 46 Migrants, Recovers One Body

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Turkish coastguard says it has rescued 46 migrants from the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey and recovered one body, the coastguard said in a statement on Tuesday.

“They were picked up off the western Turkish district of Kusadasi.

“The location is close to the Greek Island of Samos’’, it said.

The coastguard received an alert about stranded migrants at 4:45 a.m. (0145 GMT) and deployed three boats and a helicopter to the area.

The migrants’ half-submerged boat was spotted and they were rescued at 5:30 a.m.

While the coastguard’s statement did not mention any nationalities, Turkey’s private DHA news agency said they were Iraqi nationals and that several survivors, including women and children were taken to hospital.

Migrants continue to use Turkey as a departure point as they try to reach EU member state Greece.

Turkey accommodates more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees in addition to those from other countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

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