The Latest: Turkish Coast Guard Intercepts sixty-three Migrants

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 4:11 PM

m. The Turkish coast guard has intercepted dozens of migrants as they tried to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. A coast guard official in Izmir Province said sixty-three people were caught in the Aegean Sea and brought to the Turkish town of Dikili.

The Latest on the migrant and refugee inflow in Europe (all times local):

3:40 p. m.

The Turkish coast guard has intercepted dozens of migrants as they tried to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.

A coast guard official in Izmir Province said sixty-three people were caught in the Aegean Sea and brought to the Turkish town of Dikili.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, didn't disclose their nationalities but at minimum some were Syrians.

The intervention comes two days before a deal to curb the flow of illegal migrants goes into effect.

Below the EU-Turkey deal, migrants who come illegally in Greece from Turkey will be turned back unless they apply for asylum and that claim is accepted. Dikili is one of the designated registration points for migrants who are sent back to Turkey.

-By Dominique Soguel

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3:35 p. m.

More than two hundred refugees and migrants are staging a protest on a hwy linking Greece and Macedonia, demanding that Macedonia open its borders and authorize them to continue their journeys to central and northern Europe.

The protest is being staged about seventeen kilometers (ten miles) from the makeshift camp at the border town of Idomeni, where about 11.000 people have been stranded since Macedonia and other Balkan countries further N close down the busiest migrant route. The protesters are blocking trucks from crossing into Macedonia, but not passenger vehicles.

Earlier Saturday, several dozen local people staged a protest at another location further from their town, demanding that the government close down the camp and relocate migrants to transit centers across Greece.

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