Albanian ship rescues 110 migrants in Aegean Sea: minister

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-01 22:26:47|Editor: xuxin
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TIRANA, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Patrol ship "Oriku" of the Albanian Navy Forces has rescued 110 migrants in the Aegean Sea in the past two days, Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka said on Tuesday.

Through a video posted on Twitter, the minister announced that the migrants were "rescued in four different operations within two days in the waters between Turkey and Greece."

Xhacka added that in the last three years, the Albanian Navy has given a great contribution as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission in the Aegean Sea.

"During the last three years, 3 Albanian ships and around 300 crew members have saved the lives of about 3,000 children, men and women in 160 operations," Xhacka said.

The minister announced that next week Albania will send another contingent in the NATO Sea Guardian mission.

Since 2016, the Albanian Navy's "Oriku" patrol ship has joined NATO's Standing Maritime Group in the Aegean Sea operations to monitor and patrol the waters between Turkey and Greece, supporting international efforts aimed at curbing human trafficking and illegal migration.