The migrants have been rescued off the coast of Mugla’s Bodrum district in the Aegean and the Didim district in the western province of Aydin.
Turkish Coast Guard rescues the irregular migrants who were pushed towards Turkish waters, according to Türkiye’s National Defence Ministry.
Türkiye's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says "with the efforts of our Coast Guard... we have saved the lives of 41,000 people who were left to die by Greece" in the Aegean sea over the last two years.
Turkish coast guards saved the lives of 54 migrants and asylum seekers who were illegally pushed back to Türkiye by Greek coast guards in Aegean Sea, Turkish Defence Ministry says.
In one of the three separate incidents in Aegean coast, irregular migrants told Turkish Coast Guard that 11 people who were handcuffed and had no lifejackets were thrown into the sea by Greek forces.
Türkiye’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the “disproportionate” use of force against Turkish fishermen and handed a protest note to Greek Embassy counselor in Ankara.
Türkiye and human rights groups have repeatedly condemned Greece’s illegal practice of pushing back asylum seekers, saying it violates humanitarian values and international law.
Turkish authorities also arrested 10 people for alleged human smuggling.
Asylum seekers, who were rescued off the Aegean coast, were taken to land before being transferred to the provincial migration office.
Turkiye expresses concern over rising casualties along migration routes due to Greek pushback policy, forcing irregular migrants and refugees to change course directly to Italy.
Refugees were pushed back by Greek authorities into Turkish territorial waters, according to Turkish security sources.
The boat carrying 19 irregular migrants capsized off the coast of Cesme in the Aegean province of Izmir.
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