Greek authorities busted a group of foreign suspects believed to have smuggled migrants into the country, according to reports.
Four people were arrested on the island of Rhodes and another three were apprehended in Athens, police announced on Monday.
The suspects were identified as citizens of Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Palestine.
One of the suspects was previously arrested in October of 2021 under similar charges.
Police believe the alleged smugglers worked in cooperation with traffickers in Turkey.
"The group allegedly collected migrants from beaches and transported them to hotels in Rhodes in their private cars, where they were provided with forged or stolen documents to help them continue their journey to other European countries," Ekathimerini reports.
Last year, Athens announced migrants from select countries who enter via Turkey would no longer be welcome to apply for asylum.
"Designating Turkey as a safe third country is an important step in tackling illegal immigration flows and the criminal activity of smuggling networks," Greek Minister of Immigration and Asylum Notis Mitarakis explained in June.
"Above all, it is another step towards the full and unwavering implementation of the EU-Turkey Joint Declaration, which obliges the neighboring country not to allow smuggling rings and the passage to Greece."
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