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Greek coast guard under scrutiny for response to migrant mass drowning

By Jason Horowitz, Matina Stevis-Gridneff and Niki Kitsantonis

20 Jun 2023 · 5 min read

informed Summary

  1. Greek coast guards have been accused of negligence after a rickety boat carrying hundreds of migrants sank in front of one of their vessels, killing more than 700 people.

ATHENS, Greece — Shortly after a rickety fishing boat carrying hundreds of smuggled migrants sank in front of a Greek coast guard vessel last week, Greek officials explained that they had not intervened because the smugglers didn’t want them to.

Intervening also would have been dangerous, coast guard spokesperson Nikos Alexiou has said, given that the ship was overcrowded and filled with migrants intent on reaching Italy.

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