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EU Welcomes 74 Refugees, Send 300 Migrants Back to Turkey

EU Welcomes 74 Refugees, Send 300 Migrants Back to Turkey

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 05:21 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local):

10:05

The European Union has welcomed in 74 Syrian refugees from Turkey and sent more than 300 migrants back there under a new agreement between the EU and Ankara.

European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos announced the figures to EU lawmakers on Tuesday, and noted that "implementing this agreement is a challenge."

Under the deal, which entered force on April 4, migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey from March 20 who do not qualify for international protection will be sent back.

For every Syrian returned, the EU has pledged to accept one Syrian refugee directly from Turkey, where an estimated 2.7 million Syrians are taking refuge from the conflict in their homeland.

The United Nations and rights groups are concerned the deal might infringe on people's rights.

9:45 a.m.

Turkey's state-run news agency says two more rockets fired from Syria have landed in a Turkish border town, wounding two people.

Anadolu Agency said one of the rockets hit a guesthouse in the town of Kilis on Tuesday while the second landed on an empty field near a bus terminal, wounding two people who were passing by.

Authorities evacuated children from a nearby youth center that has been turned into a temporary school for Syrian refugees, the report said.

Kilis has been hit by cross-border rocket fire in the past week, prompting Turkish artillery units to retaliate in line with the Turkish military's rules of engagement.

The wider province of Kilis borders areas in Syria that are controlled by the Islamic State group, Syrian Kurdish militia or anti-government Syrian rebels.

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