MADRID, 24 (EUROPA PRESS)
The Turkish authorities announced this Thursday that they had rescued more than 160 migrants who tried to reach the coasts of Greece, while they have accused Athens of sending their boats back to their territorial waters.
Security sources cited by the Turkish state news agency, Anatolia, have indicated that the Coast Guard has intercepted three vessels with 162 people on board, without for now having transcended their nationalities.
The agency has indicated that 72 have been found in a boat off the coast of the Aydin province, while another 53 have been found in another boat off Canakkale and another 37 off the coast of Balikesir.
Turkey continues to be part of one of the main routes for migrants and asylum seekers trying to reach Europe, especially in the wake of the civil war in Syria. Currently, some four million Syrian refugees are on Turkish territory.