Turkish coast guards rescue 22 illegal migrants


A newly arrived Syrian refugee woman holds her baby as she stands with her family on August 18, 2014, at Eminonu in Istanbul. File photo

ARA News 

Istanbul, Turkey – On the Turkish Coast Guard rescued 22 illegal migrants in the Aegean Sea, according to a statement by the state of Izmir, in Turkey.

Those rescued were 12 Syrians and 10 Palestinians, whose boat reportedly sailed from the town of Bidem in the Turkish state of Aydin at midnight on Monday. 

“The 22 civilians were saved by our Coast Guards before drowning in the sea,” the statement said, pointing out to the danger of the continuous illegal journeys through the Mediterranean. 

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Abu Ali, a Syrian migrant who has recently arrived in Italy after being rescued by the Coast Guard in Lampedusa Island of Italy, said that many Western journalists visit him from time to time in the camp, asking him to give exclusive details of his dangerous journey through the sea.

“Now, these incidents, which often end up disastrously, occupy the newspapers and the international media,” Abu Ali added.

According to the U.N., thousands of Syrian refugees have lost their lives making illegal migration through the Mediterranean under unsafe conditions.


Reporting by: Mustafa Hamed

Source: ARA News

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