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Greece: Dozens missing after migrant boat sinks

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ATHENS, GREECE (AP) — Greek authorities launched a massive search and rescue operation east of the island of Karpathos after a boat reportedly carrying dozens of migrants sank during the night. said.

The Coast Guard said Wednesday that 29 people, all men, had been rescued from the sea 33 nautical miles (38 miles, 61 kilometers) east-southeast of Karpathos, a southeastern island between Rhodes and Crete. rice field. The rescued, from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran, told authorities there were about 60 people on board the sunken ship, while she had 80, the Coast Guard said.

Rescued people said the boat ran into trouble during the night as it set sail from the Antalya region on Turkey's southern coast and was heading for Italy.

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According to the Coast Guard, two Coast Guard patrol boats, a Hellenic Navy vessel, an Air Force helicopter, and at least three ships sailing nearby were involved in the search and rescue operation.

The most common sea route for asylum seekers from the Middle East, Asia and Africa was from Turkey to the nearby Greek islands.

However, following reports that Greek authorities stepped up patrols in the Aegean Sea and that Turkey was refusing to grant asylum applications for people and promptly deporting them, many feared that the Greeks would We are trying to bypass the islands and take a longer and more dangerous route. Straight to Italy. Greek authorities deny they carry out illegal summary deportations of asylum seekers.