Albania's Defense Ministry said that one of its ships in the Aegean Sea has rescued 111 migrants. The migrants were trying to cross into Greece from Turkey and have since been handed over to Turkish authorities.
Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka said that the migrants were "rescued in three different operations within a few hours in the waters between Turkey and Greece."
The migrants reportedly said that they were Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian and were trying to reach Greece traveling in two speedboats and a small boat.
Albanian support of Frontex and NATO missions
Xhacka added the migrants were first found late on Friday
evening by the Oriku, a naval vessel that is part of NATO's Sea Guardian mission in the Aegean.
Albania, a NATO member since 2009, is part of the Western military alliance's maritime mission in the Aegean Sea.