Turkish Coast Guard Harasses Greek Vessels Off Kastellorizo

February 19, 2020

KASTELLORIZO, Greece – Adding to growing tension over sea rights between the countries, the Turkish Coast Guard reportedly harassed crews from the Greek port Authority and military who were trying to pick up refugees and migrants from a rubber dinghy off the islet of Strongyli  near the coast of the southeastern Aegean island of Kastellorizo.

According to reports, the migrants and refugees were collected and transferred to Kastellorizo despite the incident which occurred as Greek and Turkish delegations discussed Confidence Building Measures in Athens, said Kathimerini.

Kastellorizo is near the coast of Turkey which has allowed human traffickers to keep sending thousands of refugees and migrants to Greek islands under an essentially-suspended 2016 swap deal with the EU.

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