In an official announcement on their social media account, the police said: "19 arrested for aiding and abetting clandestine immigration to Bari, Milan, Turin, and Ventimiglia by mobile units from Syracuse, Bari, Imperia, Turin, Milan, and state police forces. Criminal groups in Turkey and Greece aided the migrants in their journey towards France and northern Europe."
The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) said that despite challenges posed by COVID-19 in 2020, it has dramatically up-scaled its operational presence and increased support to Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta
Archbishop Ieronymos, is the spiritual head of the Church with over 11 million Orthodox Christians.
Authorities said the death toll from Friday's powerful earthquake in the Aegean Sea region rose to 81.
Maas said that Turkey has to end the interplay between detente and provocation if the government is interested in talks.
Meanwhile Greece, authorities have delayed the reopening of schools by a week to Sept. 14, due to a surge in COVID-19 infections, the government said.
More than 70 firefighters were battling the blaze, assisted by five helicopters and two planes, with volunteers also helping.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's move to switch the status of Hagia Sophia to a mosque has struck a raw nerve with many Greeks, who revere the sixth century building as a focal point of their Orthodox Christian faith.