ANKARA: The Greek coast guard threw 3 migrants into the sea, killing one of them, Turkish interior minister announced on Monday.
Taking to twitter Suleyman Soylu said, the incident happened off the coast of Cesme district in turkey’s Izmir province.
European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), “must be held accountable,” he added.
One of the rescued migrants said, Greek police took our mobile phones and money and threw one of our relative into the sea after knowing that he cannot swim they did not listen to him resulting he drowned into the sea.
The Greek Coast Guard gave us life-jackets but it was for children and were too small and did not fit on us.
My cousin’s last words were “I can’t swim! I do not know how to swim!”, he added.
The migrants said that after they reached an island by swimming, the Turkish Coast Guard arrived and rescued them.
Recent months have seen multiple reports of Greek forces illegally pushing back boats of asylum seekers, endangering the passengers in the process.
Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers aiming to cross to Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.
Turkey currently hosts over 3.7 million Syrians, making it the world’s top refugee-hosting country.