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.
The Turkish Coast Guard says the incident happened near the Kekova Geyikova Island, two-and-a-half miles southwest of Demre, in the coastal province of Antalya.
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