55 migrants were caught in Ayvalık

Via Milliyet (Link in Turkish) – 55 immigrants from Balikesir’s Ayvalık district who were trying to cross to the Greek island Lesvos were caught by the Coast Guard Command.

According to the information received, the Ayvaçk Coast Guard Command teams detected 55 migrants on an inflatable boat in the morning on the Sarımsaklı Beaches in Küçükköy District. The Coast Guard teams, which immediately took action rescued 55 migrants, including women and children, who were under the threat of overturning.

The refugees consist of Angolan, Senegalese, South African and Syrian nationals. They were brought to the headquarters of the Coast Guard Command in Cunda Island, Ayvalık and provided with humanitarian aid, such as medicine, blankets, clothing, and food.  It was learned that the arrested migrants will be sent to the Ayvalık District Security Directorate first and then to the Balıkesir Immigration Department for legal proceedings.