THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have rescued a group of 39 migrants abandoned by smugglers on an islet in the river that runs along the country’s land border with Turkey. A police statement said the 13 men, 11 women and 15 children had been ferried across in a plastic boat from the Turkish side of the Evros river. It said all the migrants, who told police they were from Syria, were in good health. They were provided with food and clothing Wednesday and taken to a reception facility in the northeastern town of Orestiada. The Evros is a major crossing point for thousands of people from the Middle East, Asia and Africa seeking a better life in Europe.
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