Rescuers comb nine buildings for survivors in Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city by population, while search continues in eight others.
The Greek-held island is about 600 kilometres away from mainland Greece but only two from the Turkish coast in the eastern Mediterranean.
The asylum seekers were in a wooden boat and a life raft and were turned back by the Greek coast guard off the Bozburun Peninsula in Turkey’s southwestern coast.
Turkey suspends "for a while" gas and oil search of one of its vessels in Eastern Mediterranean, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin says.
Using NAVTEX (navigational telex), Turkey informed Greece of its seismic research activity in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey, a country with many rich offerings - from its natural beauty, gastronomy, history and the arts - wants tourists to continue coming to its highly unique and distinctive regions.
The asylum seekers of different nationalities wanted to cross to Lesvos island's Mytilene city in Greece.
European Commission should launch an investigation into human rights violations at Greek border, says Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy.
Asylum seekers — 25 Afghans, 22 Congolese, and one Iranian — were rescued in the Aegean Sea after their boat was turned away from the Greek side.
"The approach of not intervening against migrants wishing to leave Turkey remains in practice but this (new) approach covers sea crossings because of the dangers," Turkish coastguard tweeted.
"They tell us, 'we will send you a billion euros.' Who are you trying to fool? We don't want this money," Erdogan said at a news conference
Overnight, Greek islanders attacked police guarding the sites of the future detention camps on the islands of Lesbos and Chios. A large crowd later laid siege for hours to a Lesbos army camp where riot-control squads were billeted.
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