Greece resumes migrant deportations from islands
- 08.04.2016, 12:33,
- World » World. Main
Amid protests, Greece has resumed deportations of refugees and migrants from its islands to Turkey after a four-day pause, sending back 45 people from Lesbos to a nearby port on the Turkish coast.
Before the boat left the island Friday, four activists jumped into the sea to try to obstruct the operation and were detained by the coast guard.
Another 79 people were due to be deported from Lesbos later Friday, authorities said.
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An agreement between Turkey and the European Union went into full effect Monday, when 202 migrants were sent back.
Some 4,000 migrants and refugees who reached Greek islands from nearby Turkey after March 20 are being held in detention camps to be screened for deportation.
Source: Associated Press