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Correction: Albania-Migrants story

September 23, 2019 GMT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — In a story Sept. 21 about an Albanian ship rescuing migrants in the Aegean Sea, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the ship is part of Frontex, the European Union’s border control force. The Albanian ship is part of NATO’s Sea Guardian mission in the Aegean Sea.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Albanian ship rescues 111 migrants in the Aegean Sea

Albania’s Defense Ministry says one of its ships in the Aegean Sea has rescued 111 migrants trying to cross into Greece, and has handed them over to Turkish authorities

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Defense Ministry says one of its ships in the Aegean Sea has rescued 111 migrants trying to cross into Greece, and has handed them over to Turkish authorities.

Defense Minister Olta Xhacka on Saturday wrote on her Facebook page that the Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian migrants were “rescued in three different operations within a few hours in the waters between Turkey and Greece.”

She added the migrants were found late Friday evening by the Oriku, a ship that is part of NATO’s Sea Guardian maritime mission, in two speedboats and a small boat. They were handed over to the Turkish Coast guard.

Albania, a NATO member since 2009, is part of the Western military alliance’s mission in the Aegean Sea.