An operation to rescue migrants from a Turkish dry cargo ship was completed early this morning. All of them were delivered to the island of Kos and placed at the reception and identification center.
A Turkish-flagged cargo ship has issued an SOS signal near Crete. There were 400 migrants on board. The Greek authorities demanded that Turkey accept the ship at the Turkish port, but this proposal was rejected.
The rescue operation ended on Sunday morning. The dry cargo ship was towed to Kos, accompanied by ships of the Greek Navy, its passengers – Afghans and Pakistanis – are stationed in the center for receiving migrants. The Aegean Boat Report is sounding the alarm that they have been deprived of water, food and medical care for four days. Yiannis Plakiotakis, Minister of Shipping and Island Policy of Greece, says:
“Turkey does not accept the return of a Turkish-flagged vessel that left the Turkish port, apparently with the knowledge of the Turkish coast guard. Ohno is used to acting like a pirate in the Eastern Mediterranean and remains indifferent to human lives. “