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More Migrant Boats Capsized in the East Aegean Sea

The Greek Coast Guard conducted a rescue operation off the coast of the South East Aegean island of Rhodes after a boat carrying 70 migrants and refugees capsized on Monday, the Associated Press reports. None of the passengers were reported injured.
The coast guard also carried out a rescue operation off the coast of Lesvos, another Εast Aegean island located in the north, saving 52 Syrian migrants and refugees who had departed from the coast of Turkey, the Athens-Macedonian News Agency reported. Earlier on Monday a boat carrying 45 migrants and refugees from Turkey to Lesvos overturned. The passengers were rescued by Turkish Authorities.
The Associated Press claims that there had been 42 Greek Coast Guard rescue operations that saved 994 people between Friday and Monday morning. This number does not include the aforementioned Rhodes rescue operation.
Turkish Authorities Stop Syrian Refugees from Moving North
While seaborne migrants and refugees are constantly departing from Turkey the primary source of influx, people who are in Turkey have been trying to enter Europe through the country’s border in the north.
Last week Turkish authorities had stopped migrants and refugees from moving beyond the city of Edirne, which lies around 17 kilometres away from the border with Greece. Furthermore, bus trips to Edirne from Istanbul were cancelled. Refugees and migrants camped close to the bus station in Istanbul in anticipation of the resumption of bus service that did not occur. On Saturday, approximately 700 migrants and refugees began their trek to Edirne. However those who had continued on foot were stopped by Turkish authorities on Sunday, about 50 kilometres outside of Istanbul, the AFP reports.
After Turkish authorities returned thousands of migrants and refugees in Edirne to Instanbul, local authorities removed the barriers at the border with Bulgaria on Saturday.  800-900 migrants and refugees moved toward the border with Bulgaria, but not Greece, ANA-MPA had reported.

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