Turkey rescues 30 illegal immigrants off Aegean coast

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ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish coast guard rescued 30 illegal immigrants off Turkey's Aegean coast, local media reported on Friday.

Turkish teams rescued the migrants with different nationalities near the Menderes district of Turkey's western province of Izmir, the Haberturk daily said.

Wearing protective suits, gloves, and facial masks against the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Turkish teams took the temperatures of the migrants before taking them into a coast guard boat, the photos of the coast guard showed.

The Aegean Sea was once the main route for migrants trying to sneak into Europe via Turkey. A deal was signed between Turkey and the European Union in March 2016 to curb the flow of illegal immigration.

Hosting over 3.7 million Syrian refugees in its territory, Turkey earlier announced that it could no longer cope with the issue alone, and urged European countries to take more responsibility. Enditem

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