09/12: A group of 27 people (incl. children) reached Kalymnos, was divided into two groups, sooner or later all were pushed back to Turkey

<b>Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 9th of December 2020</b>

<i>Case name</i>: 20201209-AEGXXX

<i>Situation</i>: A group of 27 people (incl. children) reached Kalymnos, was divided into two groups, sooner or later all were pushed back to Turkey

<i>Status of WTM Investigation</i>: concluded

<i>Place of Incident</i>: Aegean Sea

<i>Summary of the Case:</i>

On 9th of December 2020 at 10:50h CET Alarm Phone was alarmed about the situation of a group of people who departed in two boats in the region of Izmir on 6th of December 2020. The group consists of 11 men, 12 women and 4 children*, they reached the island Kalymnos and then were captured by Greek authorities and separated into men and women plus children.

The boat with the women and children on board was pushed back to Turkey and they got arrested in prison on the same day and were allowed to leave the prison on 9th of December 2020. The boat with the men on it was brought to a military base in Kos (our first knowledge was Farmakonisi island). Last contact to this group was on 7th December.

At 12:35h CET the shift team wrote an email to the Helenic coastguard as well as to UNHCR and two human rights organizations. It was only written that a group of male travellers stranded on Farmakonisi which was at this time our knowledge about the place of the group. In a phone call later on to JRCC Piraeus the officer said not to know about the case before and we agreed to call back in 3 hours. Afterwards UNHCR Greece was called in different offices. They said either to work on the case or that another unit is responsible.

In the afternoon the shift team got the information that the group is on a military base in Kos. All attempts to reach them directly were unsuccessful. Also JRCC Piraeus left the Alarm Phone with no information.

On 10th of December 2020 the Turkish coastguard was called in the morning with this result: The officer told that 4 days ago they found the women and children in a life raft near Farmakonisi and searched the area around the nearby islands for the men but couldn’t find them. Furthermore the officer told the Alarm Phone that also the Hellenic coastguard couldn’t provide them with more info. Some minutes later the Turkish coastguard called even back and informed the shift team that the 11 men were pushed back yesterday, got beaten up heavily and are now back in Didim.

*Another source spoke about 31 people all together.

<b>Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 9th of December 2020</b> <i>Case name</i>: 20201209-AEGXXX <i>Situation</i>: A group of 27 people (incl. children) reached Kalymnos, was divided into two groups, sooner or later all were pushed back to Turkey <i>Status of WTM Investigation</i>: concluded <i>Place of Incident</i>: Aegean Sea <i>Summary of the Case:</i> On 9th of December 2020 at 10:50h CET Alarm Phone was alarmed about the situation of a group of people who departed in two boats in the region of Izmir on 6th of December 2020. The group consists of 11 men, 12 women and 4 children*, they reached the island Kalymnos and then were captured by Greek authorities and separated into men and women plus children. The boat with the women and children on board was pushed back to Turkey and they got arrested in prison on the same day and were allowed to leave the prison on 9th of December 2020. The boat with the men on it was brought to a military base in Kos (our first knowledge was Farmakonisi island). Last contact to this group was on 7th December. At 12:35h CET the shift team wrote an email to the Helenic coastguard as well as to UNHCR and two human rights organizations. It was only written that a group of male travellers stranded on Farmakonisi which was at this time our knowledge about the place of the group. In a phone call later on to JRCC Piraeus the officer said not to know about the case before and we agreed to call back in 3 hours. Afterwards UNHCR Greece was called in different offices. They said either to work on the case or that another unit is responsible. In the afternoon the shift team got the information that the group is on a military base in Kos. All attempts to reach them directly were unsuccessful. Also JRCC Piraeus left the Alarm Phone with no information. On 10th of December 2020 the Turkish coastguard was called in the morning with this result: The officer told that 4 days ago they found the women and children in a life raft near Farmakonisi and searched the area around the nearby islands for the men but couldn't find them. Furthermore the officer told the Alarm Phone that also the Hellenic coastguard couldn't provide them with more info. Some minutes later the Turkish coastguard called even back and informed the shift team that the 11 men were pushed back yesterday, got beaten up heavily and are now back in Didim. *Another source spoke about 31 people all together.

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