Ankara and international human rights groups have repeatedly condemned Greece's illegal practice of pushing back asylum seekers, which violate humanitarian values and international law.
Türkiye has recorded fresh footage of Greek forces pushing boats carrying irregular migrants in the Aegean Sea to the Turkish side, Defence Ministry said.
Turkish navy drone recorded on Friday footage of Greek forces pushing two boats carrying irregular migrants to the coast of Cesme in the Izmir province, Türkiye's National Defence Ministry said on Saturday.
Türkiye's Coast Guard saved the lives of the irregular migrants after they were illegally pushed by the Greek forces.
The situation was immediately reported to the Turkish Coast Guard Command and the migrants were rescued, the ministry added.
Ankara and international human rights groups have repeatedly condemned Greece's illegal practice of pushing back asylum seekers.
The pushbacks violate humanitarian values and international law by endangering the lives of vulnerable people, including women and children.
1⃣ Ege Denizi’nin Çeşme batısında, 29 Temmuz 2022 tarihinde Yunanistan’a ait P-930 sahil güvenlik botu tarafından 2 adet mülteci botu ile düzensiz göçmenlerin Türk kara sularına itildiği Deniz Kuvvetlerimize ait İHA ile tespit edildi.#MSB pic.twitter.com/RlPb7mAF7B— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) July 30, 2022
A longstanding issue
Athens has repeatedly denied accusations by rights groups and United Nations refugee agency UNHCR that it pushes migrants out of Greek waters, saying it intercepts boats at sea to protect its borders.
Greece was the frontline of Europe's migration crisis in 2015 and 2016 when around a million refugees fleeing war and poverty in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan arrived.