Turkish Coast Guard saves 60 migrants off Aegean coast

The Turkish Coast Guard rescued 60 asylum seekers in a rubber dinghy off Turkey’s Aegean coast said state-run Anadolu news agency on Sunday.

A group of Afghans, including 33 children, were rescued while attempting to cross to Greek islands, said Anadolu. 

Last week, Turkish authorities announced that they would no longer prevent refugees and migrants from trying to reach Europe, but later stated that boat crossings would not be permitted as they are considered too dangerous.

Thousands of refugees have been gathering at Turkey's border with Greece in a bid to cross to Europe, but Greek authorities are seeking to prevent them crossing with increased security measures at its borders, which may be encouraging some migrants to turn to sea routes.

The price of a boat soared in Turkey after the government said it would allow refugees free passage to Europe, Hürriyet newspaper said on Tuesday. The price of a 30-person boat was $2,000 before the decision, but now costs up to $5,000, Hürriyet said.

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