4 Turkish residents had been arrested in Greece on suspicion of smuggling migrants

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — 4 Turkish nationals have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling migrants after a ship with practically 100 individuals aboard was present in hassle off an island close to Athens, Greek authorities mentioned Friday.

The coast guard mentioned the 4 had been amongst 97 individuals aboard the boat discovered Thursday northeast of the island of Kea, which is off the southeast coast of the Greek capital. The remaining passengers had been 32 males, 22 ladies and 39 minors, the Coast Guard mentioned.

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The passengers, who had been transported to the Greek mainland by a coast guard vessel, had been from Egypt, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Israel and Iraq, the coast guard mentioned. The boat had set sail from Izmir in Turkey and had been on its method to Italy, the place the migrants paid smugglers in Turkey 8,000 euros every for the journey.

Tens of hundreds of individuals fleeing battle and poverty within the Center East, Asia and Africa attempt to enter the European Union yearly by way of harmful sea journeys. The overwhelming majority head to the japanese Greek islands from the close by Turkish coast in small inflatable dinghies or attempt to get on to Italy from North Africa and Turkey in bigger vessels.

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