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    Turkish Coast Guards Detain Boat Carrying 200 Undocumented Syrian Migrants

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    The Turkish Coast Guard has detained a boat carrying 200 migrants off the coast of Turkey's southwestern city of Marmaris to prevent them from illegally cross into Greece, local media reported Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The vessel, which was reportedly being captained by a Turkish national, was located and detained while attempting to reach the Greek island of Rhodes, according to the Turkish Dogan News Agency

    Mostly women and children, each of whom had allegedly paid $4,000 for the trip, were on board the vessel, the news outlet said. The migrants received food and medical help and will be transported to a refugee camp in the city of Hatay in southern Turkey.

    The detained captain has denied that he was trying to illegally transport the group to Greece.

    Europe has been beset by a refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their home countries to escape violence and poverty. Many of them take the West Balkan route, which crosses Greece, using the county as an entry-point to the bloc from where to travel to wealthier EU states where they intend to apply for asylum.

    EU border agency Frontex recorded over 1.2 million illegal border crossings into the European Union in the first 10 months of 2015.


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