Turkish Coastguards Reportedly Attack Migrant Boat Near Greek Island

© AFP 2022 / ARIS MESSINISRefugees and migrants on a dinghy approach Mytilene on the northern island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on February 19, 2016
Refugees and migrants on a dinghy approach Mytilene on the northern island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on February 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
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A Turkish coastguard ship was allegedly seen trying to capsize a boat with about 40 refugees on board this morning, according to witnesses from a humanitarian rescue boat, the Times of Malta reported Friday.

Several photos appeared on Twitter showing an alleged Turkish coastguard ship chasing a dinghy packed with refugees. According to the Maltese source, the incident happened near the Greek island of Agathonisi around 8 AM local time.

​The attackers were trying to hit the refugee boat seeking to disable its engine first using a paddle but then using a rope hook, according to witnesses. Seeing that their attempts were in vain, a bigger Turkish coastguard ship began to circle the refugee boat trying to capsize it.

​"While this was taking place, a larger coastguard vessel started circling the migrants' boat creating a dangerous wave intended to flood the engine, but could have also capsized the vessel," the Malta-based Migrant Report said.

​The chase is said to have continued for about 40 minutes before the dinghy was only half a mile away from Agathonisi's shore.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu gestures as he attends a news conference after a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Arseny Yatseniuk in Kiev, Ukraine February 15, 2016. - Sputnik International
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