World Bulletin / News Desk
The data seems to reflect the success of the EU-Turkey deal that came into effect last March to cut illegal migration and clamp down on human trafficking.
According to the Coast Guard command, 756 people were intercepted in January compared to 5,506 in the same month last year. Last month’s figure is the second-lowest number of people intercepted in the Aegean in two years.
During January 2016, 103 people drowned while attempting to reach Greece. Last month there were no recorded fatalities.
Tens of thousands have attempted the short but dangerous journey across the Aegean before heading to northern and western Europe. The International Organization for Migration has estimated there were more than 363,000 arrivals in Europe by sea last year.
Under a deal with the EU, Turkey has stepped up efforts to prevent illicit migrants reaching EU member Greece and has agreed to take back those who land in Greece in return for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Europe.
A PKK militant Abdi Ferhad Sahin who is on the most wanted list has been seen briefing an American commander in Syria
Officer probably served during Russo-Ottoman war of 1877-78
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim talks to President Masoud Barzani after Turkish airstrike
President accuses developed countries of turning blind eye to famine facing 14 million people
Turkey-Africa First Agriculture Ministers Meeting and Agribusiness Forum to be held on Thursday and Friday
Omer Celik calls airstrikes matter of national security, criticizes US expression of 'concern' in their wake
Ankara-based operations target suspected infiltration of Turkey's police force
Turkish Embassy has demanded that Greek authorities arrest those responsible, says Foreign Ministry
Renovated pediatric care unit in largest hospital in East African island nation unveiled with Turkish equipment
40 terrorists in northern Iraq and 30 in northeastern Syria killed early Tuesday, says Turkish General Staff
Council of Europe vote to impose monitoring comes after report on Turkey's democratic institutions
CHP leader says both sides uncomfortable with election board's decision to accept unsealed ballot papers
'I think we will consider this issue in the coming months,' Binali Yildirim says
Blasts in Kars, Sirnak provinces leave 1 more wounded
Highest administrative court rejects appeal to annul poll, saying no such act can be made against election board decisions