Turkish coast guard rescues 57 stranded refugees

The Turkish coast guard has rescued 57 refugees who were stranded on a small island off the Turkish coastal resort of Dikili as they tried to reach Greece, state news agency Anadolu reported on Sunday.

Twelve of the group, including three children, were airlifted off the island in a helicopter. The remainder were taken to the Turkish mainland in fishing boats, as larger ships could not manoeuvre along the rocky shoreline.

Turkey has promised the European Union that it will exercise tighter controls on its sea borders after hundreds of thousands of refugees - mainly from war-torn Syria - made the journey from Turkey to Greece unimpeded in 2015.

Despite the promises, refugees are still making the treacherous sea crossing every day.

Last update: Sun, 03/01/2016 - 14:58
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