Turkish Ships Caught Transporting Illegal Migrants to EU by Greek Military - WATCH
Dramatic footage shows Greece's military stopping ships sent from Turkey
Greece's military has intercepted several Turkish ships filled with illegal migrants being transporting into Greek waters to illegally breach the European Union's borders, dramatic footage shows.
Video shows the Hellenic Coast Guard stopping a number of vessels sent from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos.
The ships were prevented from illegally entering Greek territorial waters - a gateway into the EU.
The fleet was reportedly being led by Turkish coast guard ships who were attempting to escort the illegal migrants into Greek maritime waters.
There were several failed attempts to communicate with the Turkish authorities, according to an official statement from the Hellenic Coast Guard.
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The ships were unable to push the illegal migrants inside of Greek waters, despite the Turkish coastguard’s best efforts.
The illegal immigrants were collected by their Turkish couriers at around 12 pm on Saturday and returned back to Turkey.
Following the Turkish government’s failure to smuggle the illegals into Europe, Turkey's state-controlled newspaper, The Daily Shabah, made a desperate attempt to spin the story.
The paper published a story claiming that the Turkish Coast Guard “saved a group of 10 refugees off the coat of the Aegean district” because they were “pushed back to sea by the Greek authorities.”
It should be noted that Turkey ranks number 157 out of 180 countries on the World Press Freedom Index.
The poor ranking is because Turkey has “the highest number of journalists behind bars and escalating government pressure on opposition media,” Ahval News reports.
Furthermore, 90 percent of Turkey's media is controlled by the government.
Last month, as Neon Nettle previously reported, Turkey’s Islamist leader called for an Islamic holy war with Europe following his recent attempts at flooding the European Union with migrants via the Turkish border with Greece.
Head of the Turkish regime, President Recep Erdogan, gave a speech where he lauded the offensive on the Greek frontier as a holy war against Europe.
President Erdogan also suggested the possible re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire.
Erodgan opened his fiery speech with a quote from a famous poem written by the Turkish poet Yahya Kemal Beyatlı titled, "26 Ağustos 1922.”
The poem is named after the day that the Great Offensive in the Turkish War of Independence vanquished the Greeks in Anatolia.
The attack literally drove them into the Eastern Aegean Sea.