The Turkish Coast Guard reported on Wednesday that fishermen rescued 37 Syrian refugees after the boat carrying them capsized while trying to reach a Greek Island from Turkey,
The officials said that the refugees, including many women and children, were illegaly trying to reach the Greek Island of Lesbos from the Ayvalik District of Turkey’s western province of Balikesir.
The refugees were taken onboard a Turkish coast guard vessel and given humanitarian aid.
The refugees were later handed over to the police.
The refugees said that smugglers received 100 euros from each of them to transport them to Lesbos.
Turkey is a transit point for refugees aiming to reach European countries from Syria because of its location bridging the Middle East and Europe.
Syrian refugees escaping violence fled their country in large numbers following the escalation of the Syrian civil war.
One of their most preferred destinations was neighbouring Turkey, which hosts over 2 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country, according to United Nations registration records.