Coast guard res­cues 553

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Coast guard of­fi­cers in the eastern Aegean res­cued more than 500 mi­grants yesterday af­ter in­ter­cept­ing sev­eral ves­sels. Fol­low­ing 16 search and res­cue oper­a­tions off the is­lands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Far­makon­isi and Kos, of­fi­cers trans­ferred a to­tal of 553 peo­ple to safety. The is­lands of the eastern Aegean, par­tic­u­larly Lesvos, have seen a mas­sive in­crease in refugee in­flows this sum­mer, with aid groups warn­ing of a mount­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis.

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