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Turkey rescues 82 irregular migrants off Aegean coast

Turkey rescues 82 irregular migrants off Aegean coast
Migrants rescued off Aydin, Mugla provinces after being pushed into Turkish territorial waters by Greece

By Gokhan Duzyol and Sabri Kesen

AYDIN, MUGLA/Turkey (AA) - Authorities said Friday that coast guard teams rescued 82 irregular migrants off of Turkey's southwestern coast.

Turkish forces rescued 57 irregular migrants in a rubber boat off Kusadasi district in Aydin province who were pushed into Turkish territorial waters by Greek authorities, the Turkish Coast Guard Command said in a statement.

And security forces rescued as many as 25 irregular migrants off the coastal district of Datca in southwestern Mugla province.

Teams from the Coast Guard Command took action after receiving information about a group of migrants making their way on a rubber dinghy off Datca.

The migrants were reportedly pushed back by Greek forces toward Turkey's territorial waters.

All migrants were transferred to the provincial migration office.

*Writing by Zehra Nur Duz.

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