Dozens of illegal migrants get stranded on rocks off Turkey

Dozens of illegal migrants get stranded on rocks off Turkey

- Dozens of migrants attempting to flee to Europe via Turkey, have gotten stranded off Turkish rocks

- Turkish coastguards are attempting to rescue the migrants; and four children have been airlifted in the initial rescue mission

- The migrants would be transported back to the Turkish port of Dikili; and no casualties have been reported so far

Turkish state media have disclosed that Turkish coastguards are attempting to rescue dozens of migrants who got stranded on rocks off western Turkey on Thursday, December 14, Channels TV reports.

The vessel bearing the 68 migrants started sinking in Aegean waters, just off Dikili.

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NAIJ.com gathers that the coastguards have been seen hovering in a helicopter above the stranded migrants, as they stage the rescue process.

Four children were rescued first; and the migrants are expected to be taken back to the Dikili port.

So far, there has been no indication of casualties, and the nationalities of the migrants have not yet been disclosed.

In the worst migration crisis witnessed since the Second World War, over a million people, mainly fleeing the war in Syria, crossed from Turkey to Greece in 2015.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that global advocacy group, Amnesty International (AI), accused European governments of aiding human rights violations in Libya.

This follows a recent report which exposed the inhuman conditions migrants mostly from Nigeria are subjected to in slave camps in Libya.

Amnesty International’s head for Europe, John Dalhuisen, stated that the European governments often work with people smugglers and torture refugees and migrants.

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Source: Naija.ng

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