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Friday, July 1, 2022

Greece: Migrant mother stranded on tiny island gives birth

LESBOS, Greece ( Associated Press) — Greek authorities say an Eritrean woman gave birth on a rocky, uninhabited islet after traveling with other migrants from neighboring Turkey.

A Coast Guard spokesman said 29 Eritrean adults – 24 men and five women – were spotted on patrol Wednesday off the eastern Greek island of Lesvos. One of the women has just given birth.

They were also rescued and taken to Lesvos, where the mother and child were taken to the hospital.

“They were spotted by patrol and all are in good health,” a Coast Guard spokesman said on condition of anonymity as no official announcement has yet been made.

“The mother and child are also in good health,” the official said.

The migrants were found on the islet of Barbalias, about three kilometers (two miles) east of Lesbos and about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Turkish coast. Local authorities said it was a boy.

Lesbos was the busiest entry point into the European Union during the 2015-2016 crisis, when hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants fled the war in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

But Greece has steadily tightened its migration policy, and many people leaving Turkey are now taking the longer and more dangerous route to Turkey.

The Coast Guard rescued 108 migrants from a leaky and runaway sailboat off the resort island of Mykonos over the weekend.

On Wednesday, a man believed to be a migrant was found dead in the trunk of a car in an artificial lake near the Greek-Turkish border. Border police officers pursued the vehicle after the driver refused to stop to inspect the road. Five other passengers, all also believed to be migrants who entered the country illegally, and the driver were detained, police said.

Kostas Kanturis reported from Thessaloniki, Greece. Derek Gatopoulos from Athens, Greece contributed to this report.

Follow Associated Press’s coverage of migration at https://apnews.com/hub/migration.

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