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Greek coast guard rescues 41 migrants off Lesvos

Coast guard officials rescued 41 would-be migrants off the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos on Tuesday.

The migrants were crammed into a vessel that was half-full of water, according to coast guard sources who gave no details about the migrants’ ethnic origins.

Meanwhile authorities on Crete said that 345 migrants who were rescued on Monday off the island’s northwest coast had been transferred from an oil tanker moored in the port of Hania to a nearby reception center for migrants.

The migrants, who are mostly from Syria and Egypt, were accommodated on the tanker temporarily following their rescue from a foundering smuggling vessel.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday April 1, 2014 (20:37)  
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