4 Turkish nationals have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling migrants after a ship with practically 100 individuals on board was present in bother off an island close to Athens, Greek authorities mentioned Friday.
The coast guard mentioned that the 4 had been amongst 97 individuals on board the boat discovered Thursday northeast of the island of Kea, which lies off the southeastern coast of the Greek capital. The remaining passengers have been 32 males, 22 girls and 39 minors, the coast guard mentioned.
The passengers, who have been transported to the Greek mainland by a coast guard vessel, have been from Egypt, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Israel and Iraq, the coast guard mentioned. The boat had set sail from Izmir in Turkey and had been sure for Italy, with the migrants paying smugglers in Turkey 8,000 euros every for the journey.
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Tens of 1000’s of individuals fleeing battle and poverty within the Center East, Asia and Africa attempt to make their means into the European Union every year through perilous sea journeys. The overwhelming majority head to japanese Greek islands from the close by Turkish coast in small inflatable dinghies or try to cross on to Italy from north Africa and Turkey in bigger vessels.