Our Struggle Against Irregular Migrant Smuggling Is Ongoing
The Turkish Coast Guard Command carries out its duties uninterruptedly on 7 days and 24 hours basis, within the scope of both rules of national and international laws, in order to prevent irregular migration.
In this regard, as a result of the operations carried out between the dates of 13-25 December 2021;
Totally in 52 incidents, 991 irregular migrants and 10 migrant smugglers were apprehended and 526 irregular migrants pushed back into our territorial waters by the Greek assets were rescued.
However; it is worrying that the loss of lives has increased in the migration route, which has become more dangerous as irregular migrants have recently turned their courses directly to Italy due to the push back strategy and the pressure policy applied by Greek security forces.
The unfortunate statements made by the Greek authorities when they could not cope with the tragedy they caused and blaming Türkiye reveal the seriousness of the situation.
Turkish Coast Guard Command is ready on 24/7 basis to prevent illegal activities within Turkish maritime jurisdiction areas and assist anyone in need of help at sea by respecting human rights and laws.