Turkey says three migrants killed in illegal Greek pushback

Turkey recovered the bodies of three migrants it said were illegally pushed back into its waters by Greece, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.

Turkish coast guard units rescued eight other people, acting on a tip that a group had landed by boat on Kara Ada, known as Donkey Island to local and foreign tourists, located off the coast of the Aegean resort of Çeşme, according to Anadolu. The body of one person washed up on shore and two others were found floating in the sea, it said.

All 11 were initially handcuffed, had no lifejackets and were thrown into the sea by Greek forces after crossing to the Greek island of Chios, the rescued migrants said.

Turkey and some human rights groups accuse Greece of breaking international law by pushing back migrants seeking shelter in the European Union by travelling from Turkey. The Greek government denies the charges.

Anadolu said the coast guard rescued another three migrants reportedly pushed back by Greece to waters off the Bodrum peninsula. They were beaten by Greek forces and were taken to nearby hospitals, it said.

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