MUGLA, Turkey

The Turkish Coast Guard rescued at least six asylum seekers who were pushed back by Greek authorities into Turkish waters off the Aegean coast, officials said Thursday.

Acting on a tip that a life-boat was stranded off the coast of Datca in the Mugla province, the coast guard launched a rescue operation.

After routine checks, they were transferred to the provincial migration authority.

Turkey has been a key transit point for irregular migrants wanting to reach Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.

*Writing by Handan Kazanci

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