New refugee wave arrives on Lesvos after weather conditions improve

Thousands of refugees have been arriving on Lesvos since the recent improvement of the weather conditions, with the…

Thousands of refugees have been arriving on Lesvos since the recent improvement of the weather conditions, with the eastern shores of the island being littered with discarded lifeboats and life vests.

As midnight, tens of rubber dinghies have been arriving from Turkish shores typically carrying 60 to 70 people. A fishing boat with over 250 passengers was tugged to the island port in Mytilene early on Tuesday morning.

The recent deterioration of weather conditions prevented crossings over from Turkey, with the Coast Guard reporting that no arrivals were documented between Sunday evening and Monday morning, after many months.

Aside from the adverse weather conditions, Coast Guard officials attributed this to the situation in the north of Greece, where thousands of refugees and migrants are unable to cross over into FYROM. As such, many of the traffickers have seemingly postponed their trips.

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