Over 700 refugees arrive on Lesvos after failed coup in Turkey

25 July 2016
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The Coast Guard rescued a total of 345 refugees attempting to cross over from Turkey to the islands of Lesvos, Kos and Samos over the weekend. Since the failed coup in Turkey on the 15th of July, over 700 refugees have traveled to Lesvos.

During the past few days the Coast Guard has also arrested two human traffickers, one on Sunday morning near Kos who was attempting to transport 12 refugees and another later in the afternoon who was attempting to drop off 15 refugees on the east of Samos.

As of Monday and in accordance with the EU-Turkey agreement on immigration, there are 3,357 refugees on Lesvos, 2,474 on Chios and 1,065 on Samos. The Refugee Crisis Management Coordination Body has announced that there are 57,498 refugees in Greece.

This figure also includes the 7,122 who are currently being accommodated in spaces rented our by the UNHCR, as well as 4,236 currently residing in information centers. About 1,400 are estimated to be sleeping rough.

In Attica there are 10,264 refugees, while in Central Greece 2,057 and in the south 252. Meanwhile 1,010 remain at the port in Piraeus. The vast majority of refugees – a total of 23,183 – remain in the north of Greece.

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