Turkey rescues 18 asylum seekers pushed back by Greece

Turkey rescues 18 asylum seekers pushed back by Greece

Asylum seekers say they were beaten, deprived of valuables, IDs by Greek authorities, says National Defense Ministry

News Service AA

Turkish forces in the northwestern Edirne province rescued 18 asylum seekers who were pushed back by Greek authorities, the National Defense Ministry said on Monday.

A ministry statement said the migrants were rescued from boats on the Meric river, which forms the Turkish-Greek border.

The migrants said they were beaten and their personal belongings, including phones, IDs, money and shoes, were stolen by Greek security forces before they were pushed back to Turkey, according to the ministry.

The statement also contained images showing bruises inflicted on the bodies of the asylum seekers by Greek authorities.

Turkey and human rights groups have repeatedly condemned Greece’s illegal practice of pushing back asylum seekers, saying it violates humanitarian values and international law by endangering the lives of vulnerable migrants, including women and children.

* Writing by Ahmet Gencturk


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