Turkish Coast guard saves over 250 refugees in Aegean

Turkish officials says Coast Guard saves 265 refugees from drowning in Aegean Sea

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Turkish Coast Guards saved 265 refugees from drowning in Aegean Sea during the recent search and rescue operations.

Turkish General Staff announced that the Turkish Coast Guard saved 265 refugees from drowning in the Aegean Sea in a 24-hours time period in their recent search and rescue operations.

The operations were reported to be carried out in provinces of Mugla, Antalya, Izmir and Canakkale.

The number of rescued refugees in Izmir and Mugla were reported to be 221 and 20, respectively while a total of 24 refugees were saved by Turkish Coast Guards in Antalya and Canakkale.

Furthermore, officials announced last week that the Turkish Coast Guards rescued 3,537 refugees of varied nationalities from the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea over the past 10 days.

Turkey is a transit point for refugees aiming to reach European countries from Syria due to its location bridging the Middle East and Europe.

Syrian refugees escaping the violence in their country fled Syria in large numbers, following the escalation of the conflict in 2011. One of their most preferred destinations was neighbouring Turkey, which hosts more Syrian refugees than any other country according to United Nations registration records.

Turkish policemen seize counterfeit life jackets

In the meantime, Turkish security forces launched simultaneous raids in shops which had been selling counterfeit life jackets in Turkey’s western coastal town Izmir on Tuesday.

The policemen seized thousands of fake life jackets which most Syrian refugees in the region bought to get through their dangerous journey across Europe.

The owners of the shops imposed high amounts of fines while the officials said that the false jackets were seriously dangerous as they immediately sink in water.

TRTWorld and agencies