Ship with hundreds of Afghan migrants docks at Greek port

A cargo ship carries migrants all through a rescue operation, as it sails off the island of Crete, Greece, October 29, 2021. Hellenic Coast Guard/Handout through REUTERS

ATHENS, Oct 31 (Reuters) – A Turkish-flagged cargo ship carrying 382 typically Afghan migrants docked properly at a Greek island’s port early on Sunday, two times after getting rid of energy in the Aegean Sea and sending out a distress sign.

Six folks among what was the country’s biggest solitary influx of migrants in several years ended up detained immediately after the vessel, the Murat 729, was towed into Kos port by a Greek coastline guard ship, the migration ministry reported.

The other arrivals ended up taken to a reception centre on the island. Their remain at the centre, in which they will be processed and quarantined, will be temporary, the ministry reported.

Greece has been the main route into the European Union for asylum-seekers arriving from Turkey. The amount of arrivals has fallen sharply considering that 2016 soon after the EU and Ankara agreed a deal to quit migrants from crossing to Greece.

Considering the fact that the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August, nevertheless, numerous EU states panic a replay of the refugee disaster of 2015, when practically 1 million people today, largely Syrian refugees, arrived in the EU immediately after crossing to Greek islands near to Turkey.

On Friday, Greece’s Shipping Ministry had asked Turkey to acknowledge the ailing vessel’s return.

On Tuesday, four migrants, three of them kids, drowned after a boat in which they and 23 other people ended up hoping to cross from Turkey to Greece sank off the island of Chios.

Reporting by George Georgiopoulos
Editing by Clelia Oziel and John Stonestreet

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