HEADLINES

Turkey: 50,000 Refugees Saved By Coastguard

Published on September 18, 2015. Middle East Eye.

syrian boy rescued from boat Greece: A Syrian boy shows signs of exaustion and distress after he was rescued from a sinking boat on the Mediterranean Sea. (Photo: twitter @Free_media_hub)

Turkish coastguards have saved more than 50,000 people from drowning as they sought to cross to Greek islands since the beginning of the Syrian refugee crisis, the country’s deputy prime minister said on Friday as he urged European countries to show a “helping hand”.

Distressed refugees recused

Distressed Refugees are transferred to a Maltese patrol vessel in the Mediterranean Sea.

Numan Kurtulmus also said that Turkey had spent $7.6bn on the 2.2 million refugees currently hosted by the country and called for the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria to alleviate the refugee crisis, which has seen thousands of people escaping from the conflict try to travel on from Turkey to European Union countries to claim asylum.“

 

A migrant is being rescued

A migrant is being rescued in an operation carried out by Turkey Aegean Coast Guard in Aegean Sea on September 6, 2014. (The Coast Guard Aegean Sea Region)

Turkey’s Coast Guards Units have rescued 53,228 refugees from drowning and 274 have lost their lives,” Kurtulmus said at a Syrian Coordination Meeting in Ankara, according to the Daily Sabah newspaper.“

Each day another boat carrying refugees across the Mediterranean Sea sinks. Boats are sinking and thousands of people get stranded in the sea. Unfortunately, many of them lose their lives.”

Capsized migrant ship

Capsized migrant ship in the Mediterranean Victims of a capsized migrant boat in the Mediterranean Sea.

Kurtulmus said that just $418mn of the $7.6bn spent by Turkey had come from international platforms, with some pointing out that Turkey’s total spending exceeded the annual global budget of the United Nations’ UNHCR refugee agency.

Calling for the creation of a safe zone, he added: “This is an indispensable fact for Syrians to settle in a safe region in their country… We are trying to create the necessary policies with the international community to test the safe zone.”

Italian rescue workers

Italian rescue workers cradle refugee babies after saving them from boats foundering in the Mediterranean. (GIOVANNI ISOLINO AFP Getty Images)

Kurtulmus said thousands of refugees who had made their way to Istanbul’s main bus station and to the town of Edirne near the Greek and Bulgarian borders had been convinced to return to their camps, but called on European countries to show a “helping hand” by announcing how many refugees they were prepared to accept.

He said refugees could then be transferred by plane, rather than being left to gather in the open near border crossings.

 

A young Syrian man

A young Syrian man with his young child aboard a rescue boat hands his baby to rescue worker.

“Our primary concern is infants and children as they are in miserable conditions. If European countries announce how many refugees they will accept, we are ready to send people there,” he said.

Dursun Ali Sahin, the governor of Erdine province, on Thursday told the Anadolu news agency that hundreds of refugees who had been staging a sit-in at Edirne’s bus station had been given until the weekend to return to camps in southern Turkey.

“They have to leave here tomorrow and the day after tomorrow,” he said. “The refugees have been misinformed about migration to European countries and so they come to Edirne. If they stay in Edirne they will try to reach Greece or Bulgaria. We cannot permit them to stay here.”

Middle East Eye: Turkish deputy PM says more than 50,000 refugees saved by coastguards

Click Picture for a Popular Article

  • A 29-year-old woman who was raped in October 2015 by peacekeepers stationed in Bambari, Central African Republic. © 2015 Lewis Mudge/Human Rights Watch
  • A malnourished child lies on a weighing machine at a therapeutic feeding Centre at Al Sabyeen hospital in Sana’a. (Reuters)
  • Although the ISIS terrorist network has claimed to have hacked Department of Defense networks to gain personal information, it is fairly obvious much of the information came from social media websites. Individuals who are becoming targeted victims handed the required details over to the individuals calling for the attacks. Users of social media websites are urged to use caution whenever they are online to avoid attracting attention to themselves or inadvertently providing easily accessible information that could be turned into targeting data.
  • Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov listens to U.S. Secretary of State Kerry during a press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York
  • Paramedics rush to the scene at the capital of Faso terrorist attack by Al-Qiada on January 15, 2016. The attack comes less than two months after a terrorist attack at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the Malian capital Bamako on November 20 in which 20 people died including 14 foreigners.
  • Yemen woman in bright scarf and hat, "War humiliated my daughter." Aunt Khemissa argument.
  • The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is amongst 17 organizations and two individuals that sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today (January 5, 2016) urging him to press Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to halt the execution of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr and several other demonstrators from the country’s marginalized Eastern Province. On October 24 2015, the Saudi Supreme Court ratified the death sentence issued to Sheikh Nimr in October 2014. Since September, the Saudi criminal justice system has also ratified the death sentences of Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon, and Abdullah al-Zaher, three men arrested as minors in 2012 for their protest activity.
  • UNICEF estimates nearly 400 children have been killed and over 600 injured in the past four months in the country, the poorest in the Middle East. 13 Yemeni teaching staff and four children were killed by a Saudi air strike on August 20. Two days before, coalition bombing in the Amran province took the lives of 17 civilians, injuring 20 more. UNICEF condemned what it called the “senseless bloodshed.” A Red Cross spokeswoman said the violence in Ta’iz, in southern Yemen, in just one day on August 21 left 80 people dead.
  • The Canadian Delegation to the United Nations Conference on International Organization, San Francisco, May 1945. (Photo: Public Domain). (Alistair Reign News Blog www.AlistairReignBlog.com).

Click Picture for a Popular Cartoon

  • Take Our Poll: Come on in and decide for yourself! Who worked the puffy white shirt best?
  • Donald Trump will save the day
  • Donald Trump for President of the (Mexican free and NOW Muslim free) United Sates of America. (AlistairReignBlog.com),
  • Victoria's 'Homeless' Drug Addicts
  • Donald Trump for President
  • Take Our Poll: Come on in and tell us who haunted your nightmares! Which vampire had the most ferocious fangs?
  • Putin Pumpkin Head
  • Comic Strip: Terror News with Chuck. (Alistair Reign News Blog - Comic Strips: www.AlistairReignBlog.com).

Start a Conversation or Write a Caption This joke.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.