Turkish coastguards fire on cargo ship carrying illegal immigrants

March 13, 2015 3:24 PM

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The 59-meter-long cargo ship, the Doğan Kartal, ignored security forces’ calls to stop off the Gallipoli peninsula. After halting sea traffic in the strait, the Coast Guard fired on the engine room of the ship that was fleeing.

The migrants reportedly resisted and threatened the captain to prevent him from surrendering. The ship was halted after its rudder became locked due to a technical problem.

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