At least six migrants, including two babies and three children, died Tuesday after their boat sank in the Aegean Sea, Turkey has reported, accusing the Greek Coast Guard of expelling the vessel from its waters.
The Turkish Interior Ministry has indicated that a total of 66 people have been rescued in four boats in the area, located off the coast of the province of Marmaris, as reported by the Turkish state news agency, Anatolia.
It has also said that the rescued have told the Coast Guard that the Greek forces expelled them from its territorial waters, without Athens having pronounced itself on these accusations.
Turkey has charged harshly against Greece in recent months and accuses Athens of illegally expelling vessels arriving there from Turkish shores from its waters.
Tension has increased over the past few months in the eastern Mediterranean area as Greece and Turkey embark on a maritime dispute over hydrocarbon exploration in the area. The two countries are also at loggerheads over Cyprus.