The Latest: 3 near Greece-Turkey border fatally stabbed
In this Jan. 31, 2016 photo Lieutenant Kyriakos Papadopoulos steers the Hellenic Coastguard boat into the Mytilene port , bringing in dozens of refugees and migrants that were trying to cross from Turkey coast to the Greek island of Lesbos. Greek authorities says that Papadopoulos credited with saving thousands of lives off the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos at the height of Europeâs migration crisis has died aged 44. (Nikolia Apostolou/Associated Press) October 10 at 2:34 PM
ANKARA, Turkey â" The Latest on Europeâs response to mass migration: (all times local):
Greek police say three females found dead by a river on the border with Turkey and believed to be migrants had been stabbed in the neck.
Police said a farmer found the victims Wednesday on the Greek side of the River Evros, which runs between Greece and Turkey, near the village of Pragi.
Police say they appear to be between the ages of 15 and 25, but their identities and nationalities are unknown.
The Evros area is an entry point for migrants trying to enter Greece illegally from Turkey. Arrivals have roughly doubled this year compared to 2017.
Most plan to continue on to more prosperous European countries, but are blocked by a series of closed borders in the Balkan.
A woman whose rescue fueled outrage at Italyâs efforts to have Libyaâs coast guard bring migrants back has written to her Spanish rescuers and assured them she is being taken care of.
The Cameroonian woman, identified as Josepha, was rescued by the Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms on July 17.
The group accused the Libyan coast guard of abandoning her and two o thers after intercepting 160 Europe-bound migrants. Proactiva said the three had refused to board Libyan vessels and were left behind.
Proactiva provided a letter Wednesday in which Josepha wrote from her Spanish hospital that âwhen they abandoned me, they all left with another boat, I thought I was already dead.â
Josephaâs case sparked outrage at Italyâs insistence that Libya spearheads rescues despite international consensus that Libya isnât secure.
Greek authorities say a coast guard officer credited with saving thousands of lives off the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos at the height of Europeâs migration crisis has died at age 44.
The coast guard said in a statement that Lt. Kyriakos Papadopoulos suffered a fatal heart attack early Wednesday.
Papadopoulos became a local hero while commanding a patrol boat that, according to the coast guard, rescued more than 5,000 migrants who ran into trouble while attem pting the dangerous water crossing from nearby Turkey.
Most of the rescues took part under hectic conditions in 2015, when about a million people made the journey in flimsy craft provided by smuggling gangs, the majority reaching Lesbos. Many drowned on the way.
Merchant Marine Minister Fotis Kouvelis praised Papadopoulos, a Lesbos native, for his humanitarian values.
Greek authorities say the bodies of three women who are believed to have entered Greece illegally from Turkey were found in a northeastern border region.
Police said the bodies were discovered Wednesday close to the River Evros, which runs along the land border between Turkey and Greece.
The area is a major entry point for migrants trying to enter Greece illegally, and has recently seen an upsurge in traffic.
Tens of thousands of migrants are trapped in Greece, including some 19,000 on the countryâs eastern Aegean Sea islands.
Most are seeki ng to continue on to more prosperous European countries, but blocked by a series of closed borders in the Balkans.
Turkeyâs coast guard says a boat carrying migrants has capsized off the countryâs Aegean coast, killing at least nine people.
A search and rescue mission was underway Wednesday for about 25 migrants who are believed to be missing.
Turkeyâs state-run Anadolu Agency obtained a statement a statement to police by an Iraqi woman who swam back to shore and sought help from Turkish authorities. She reported that the boat with carrying up to 35 passengers capsized Monday evening.
Anadolu reported the 30-year-old woman said she boarded the boat with her husband and their five children.
Turkeyâs Interior Ministry says a boat carrying migrants has capsized off Turkeyâs Aegean coast, killing at least four people. Up to 30 others are believed to be missing.
The ministry says an Iraqi woman who survived the capsizing made it back to shore and sought help from Turkish authorities after the boat went down Wednesday off the town of Karaburun, in Izmir province.
The Coast Guard dispatched vessels, a plane and a helicopter to search for the missing, the ministry said.
Although their numbers have decreased in recent years, migrants still try to cross into Greece from nearby Turkey in the hopes of making their way to other European countries.
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