- Title: Turkish coast guard intercepts 90 migrants trying to sail to Lesbos
- Date: 31st July 2017
- Summary: AYVACIK, TURKEY (JULY 31, 2017) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) (THE VIDEO SHOWS OPERATION INVOLVING A GROUP OF 30 MIGRANTS) MIGRANTS SITTING INSIDE COAST GUARD FERRY MIGRANTS DISEMBARKING VARIOUS OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM) OFFICIALS HELPING CHILDREN WEARING NEW CLOTHES WOMEN AND CHILDREN EATING FOOD (DAY SHOTS) (THE VIDEO SHOWS OPERATION INVOLVING ANOTHER GROUP OF MIGRANTS, 60 PEOPLE) VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS BEING TRANSFERRED TO COASTGUARD FERRY FROM SHIP VARIOUS OF COASTGUARD FERRY SAILING TO PORT MIGRANTS SITTING INSIDE COASTGUARD FERRY MIGRANTS DISEMBARKING MIGRANTS SITTING AT PORT AND WAITING TO BE TRANSFERRED TO REPATRIATION CENTRE VARIOUS OF CHILDREN AT PORT
- Embargoed: 14th August 2017 14:06
- Keywords: Turkey intercepting 90 migrants Greek island of Lesbos coastal town of Ayvacik sea crossings deal with the European Union.
- Location: AYVACIK, TURKEY
- City: AYVACIK, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016S1SWG7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkish coast guard intercepted 90 migrants who were attempting to sail to the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday (July 31) from Turkiush coastal town of Ayvacik.
Some 30 migrants were intercepted at sea, early on Monday and 60 others later in the day, coastguard officials said, adding the migrants were from Syria, Afghanistan, Congo, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali, Cambia and Nigeria.
Turkey agreed to stem the record flow of migrants to Europe in 2016 in exchange for billions of euros in aid from the European Union and the lifting of short-term visa requirements for Turkish citizens wishing to enter the bloc.
Tensions between EU and Tukey mounted after an abortive military coup against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan last July. A year-long crackdown since the failed coup and the sweeping new powers which Erdogan won in a tightly fought referendum in April have raised concerns among Turkey's Western allies.
Turkey is home to the world's largest refugee population, housing some 2.7 million Syrians and 300,000 Iraqis. Erdogan has repeatedly said that promised European aid has been too slow to arrive, a charge rejected by Brussels.
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