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First Woman Lieutenant-General in Greek Police

Zacharoula Tsirigoti is the first woman Lieutenant General in Hellenic Police, thanks to her work on the refugee crisis. The High Council of Hellenic Police promoted Tsirigoti to the rank of lieutenant-general on Tuesday. Tsirigoti was Head of Immigration and...

Ten Children Among 26 Dead in Yet Another Refugee Tragedy

Ten children and 16 adults were the victims of another refugee tragedy in the Aegean, this time off the straits of Samos island. A boat carrying an unspecified number of passengers capsized under unknown circumstances off Samos island resulting in at...

Volunteers Helping Refugees on Lesbos Released on Bail

Five members of the international charities Team Humanity and PromAid who were arrested on the island of Lesbos in Greece have been released on bail. A prosecutor had brought criminal charges against the volunteers on Thursday for allegedly setting off in...

Greek Coast Guard Detains Turkish Nationals for Human Trafficking

The Hellenic Coast Guard apprehended two Turkish nationals on Monday, suspected of assisting the trafficking of Syrian refugees to the Greek islands. According to Greek media, the men were caught facilitating the smuggling of 14 Syrian refugees to the Greek island of Kalymnos. "The...

Seven Children Among 13 Drowned in Another Migrant Tragedy off Greek Islet

Thirteen migrants drowned, with seven children among them, in yet another maritime tragedy off Greek islet of Farmakonisi. Greek coastguard officials said that the incident took place earlier on Wednesday as a rescue mission saved another 15 people, 13 men...

Three More Refugees Found Dead in Greek-Turkish Waters

Three more migrants lost their lives in the perilous journey from the Turkish coasts to Greece's islands. There are three more people missing, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard. On Monday night Turkish authorities notified Greece's coast guard that there...

Greek Police Arrest Two Suspected Jihadists in Kos Island

Greek authorities on Tuesday arrested two Syrian men who are suspected jihadists on the island of Kos. In light of the Paris terrorist attacks, Greece's National Intelligence Service (EYP), the Hellenic Police and the Hellenic Coast Guard have beefed up...

Greek Coast Guard Rescues 1,244 Refugees in 3 Days

  The Hellenic Coast Guard announced that a total of 1,244 refugees and migrants were rescued in several operations in the past three days. Specifically, the Greek coast guard responded to 34 incidents in the Aegean Sea, saving 1,244 migrants from...

Migrants and Refugees Found on 30 Meter Yacht off the Coast of Lesvos

More than 600,000 migrants and refugees have been transported from Turkey to the East Aegean Greek island since the beginning of this year. Smugglers often cram these persons into small boats for the perilous sea journey. On Monday the Hellenic Coast Guard reportedly...

New Tragedy: 11 Refugees and Six Children Drown in the Aegean Sea

Unfortunately, there is no end to the refugee tragedies unfolding in the Aegean Sea. Early in the morning on Sunday, November 1, a boat carrying around 50 people, crashed against rocks on the coast of the Greek island of...