Greek, Turkish authorities rescue migrants in Aegean Sea

Greek, Turkish authorities rescue migrants in Aegean Sea

In addition to rescue operations, the Coast Guard also said that it had rescued 266 people from the Aegean Sea since the eighth of August.

Another 36 people, including seven children, landed Friday on a remote beach on Mykonos. They were among a total of 147 people who arrived on three Greek islands in the 24 hours between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning.

The public order ministry says four Pakistani and two Algerian nationals who had entered Greece illegally were taken back by boat from the eastern island of Lesbos Thursday. The rest arrived on Chios, Samos, Leros and Karpathos.

A woman sits by a wire fence with laundry hanging on it, while children play around her outside of disused Hellenikon airport, where stranded refugees and migrants are temporarily accommodated in Athens, Aug. 10, 2016.

Greece director Katie Dimmer said: "We're starting to see scenes reminiscent of last summer, except, this time, most asylum-seekers are unable to continue their journeys and are trapped on the islands in overcrowded facilities and under the blazing sun".

The numbers of refugees arriving on Greece's islands, mostly from Turkey, had dropped to near zero since May, after a deal was signed with Turkey aimed at keeping refugees from making the crossing to Europe.

An EU-Turkish agreement and Balkan border closures have severely reduced the flow of people through the country this year.

Last year, Greece was the main point of entry into the EU for hundreds of thousands of people seeking better lives in northern and central European countries.

Furthermore, under new rules migrants who have arrived at the Greek islands can not continue on to the mainland, meaning that camps which are already at capacity are becoming increasingly overcrowded with worsening sanitation and rising frustration at the living conditions, Save the Children says.

With the Balkan route now unavailable, increasing numbers of migrants have turned to alternate, more risky routes. The coast guard said all were in good health.

Hundreds have died attempting one such route from the North African coast to Italy, known to be particularly perilous.

An aid group said Friday that five bodies had been recovered a day earlier off Libya after a small wooden boat capsized.



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