26 May 2023, 15:26

Three migrants die as boat capsizes: Greek coastguard

ATHENS, May 26, 2023 (BSS/AFP) - Three migrants were found dead off the Greek 
island of Mykonos on Friday after their boat capsized and up to 12 others 
missing, the Greek coastguard said.

The nationality of the victims, according to preliminary reports two women 
and a man, has not been confirmed by Greek authorities.

The coastguard is searching by ground, air and sea for up to others whom 
survivors said were missing after the boat overturned.

Witnesses said up to 17 people had been on the same boat, including five 
women and a seven-year-old child. Two men, a Palestinian and a Syrian, were 
rescued by the coastguard.

For several months, migrants have sought to reach Italy from Turkey through 
Greece's southeast Cyclades islands which attract thousands of visitors each 

Non-profit groups say the new route is designed to avoid the northern Aegean 
Sea, where witnesses accuse Greek authorities of stepping up illegal 
pushbacks, accusations that Athens has long rejected.

Footage published by The New York Times on May 19 reportedly showed the 
forceful expulsion of a group of migrants, including a baby, being bundled 
into a van and then transferred to an inflatable raft and set adrift.

Interviewed by CNN, former prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said his 
government would investigate the incident and called such pushbacks 
"completely unacceptable".



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