Turkish coast guard rescues 48 migrants west of the country

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Turkish coast guard teams rescued 48 irregular migrants on Thursday off the coast of the western state of Izmir.

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A statement issued by the Turkish Coast Guard Command stated that its teams had received a report about the presence of a group of irregular migrants off the coast of Menderes district.

The statement added that the teams headed to the area and rescued 27 migrants, as it was found that the Greek coast guard pushed their boat into Turkish territorial waters.

The statement indicated that the teams also rescued 21 migrants who were on a rubber boat off the coast of Sefri Hesar district of the state.

It later emerged that the Greek coast guard forced them to return to Turkish territorial waters, according to the statement.

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The statement pointed out that the irregular migrants were referred to the Directorate of Immigration in the state, after completing the necessary legal procedures against them.