3 hours ago a refugee sent us this video, just right after we took them out of the boat. This is what the Turkish coast guard did to the refugees??#TeamHumanityPosted by Team Humanity on Saturday, March 12, 2016
Apparently, it’s not just human traffickers who endanger the lives of refugees trying to get to Europe.
Turkey's coast guard was recently caught on camera using poles against a dinghy full of asylum-seekers in the Aegean Sea.
A Turkish official told BBC the rescue team was only trying to halt the boat’s departure without causing any harm to the refugees. But a woman can clearly be heard screaming in the background of the video, as others start panicking.
Footage of the incident was first posted by Team Humanity, a Danish volunteer organization formed in September 2015 in the wake of the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.
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As horrific as it is, this isn’t the first time a maritime security organization has put the lives of refugees at risk in the Aegean Sea.
In November, a Greek coast guard member was filmed trying to sink an inflatable dinghy packed with nearly 60 refugees.
While both Turkish and Greek authorities, no doubt, have rescued hundreds of stranded migrants in the Aegean over the past couple of months, measures should be taken to avoid incidents such as the one posted by Team Humanity.
More than a million migrants crossed into Europe through irregular means in 2015. Nearly 35,000 people arrived in the first two months of this year and, according to International Monetary Fund’s forecast, around 4 million more could reach the continent by the end of 2017.