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Greek Coast Guard Stops 90 Illegal Migrants

The Greek coast guard on Friday detained 90 migrants, among them thirteen children, off the eastern Aegean coast, radio reports said.
Officials were alerted to a vessel ferrying 36 illegal immigrants, among them six woman and six children, near the rocky islet of Farmakoniki in the eastern Aegean.
In a separate incident, the coast guard detained 22 people, among them two women and three children as they were sailing in an inflatable raft near the tiny island of Agathonisi, off the coast of Turkey.
Officials also stopped 32 illegal immigrants, among them nine women and four children, off the island of Kasoniki, near Samos.
Greece has increased its sea and land border patrols, fearing the political upheaval in North Africa and the Middle East could trigger a wave of illegal immigrants.
The Greek government has accused Turkey of failing to stop illegal immigrants from crossing into its territory and recently added hundreds of border guards and more than two dozen floating barriers along the Evros river that divides the two countries.
The construction of a 10-kilometer barbed-wire fence along the north-eastern border is also expected to be completed this year.
Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants seeking a new life in the European Union arrive in Greece each year.
(source: DPA)

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