Greek Coastguard Arrests Traffickers, Conducts Rescues in Crete and Rhodes

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Greek authorities in Athens arrested four individuals for trafficking after discovering 84 migrants who had arrived by sea.

The first incident involved a boat with mechanical failure that was found by a Greek Navy frigate. A total of 72 individuals, including 14 minors, were rescued and brought to the island of Crete.

Two of the migrants were arrested for piloting the boat. The second incident occurred when people landed on a beach in Rhodes. A patrol boat intercepted a speedboat with two individuals, believed to be traffickers returning to Turkey. Fourteen migrants, including minors, were also found.


The ethnicities of those involved have not been disclosed. In 2023, Greece saw a significant increase in sea arrivals, with 41,561 people compared to 12,758 in 2022, according to the UN refugee agency.

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