US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Greek police have fired tear gas at migrants who want to move to EU countries, after official Ankara announced days ago that it has opened borders for all those who want to cross.
Clashes between police and the migrant crowd have taken place along the border with Turkey, more precisely in the village of Kasteniesa near Lake Evros.
On the other hand, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week that he would open the borders and let all those who want to do so cross the border, causing thousands of migrants to flock. towards Europe, writes Time.com.
The border crossings have created a tense and chaotic situation, with much violence, tear gas and clashes between law enforcement and migrants.
The Greek government has called the situation a direct threat to the country’s national security and has put in place urgent measures to carry out rapid evictions and freeze asylum applications. Immigrants have reported being pushed behind the border in Turkey.
Turkey’s decision to open its borders to immigrants came after a Russian-backed Syrian government attack in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, which left 33 Turkish soldiers dead.
Meanwhile Oleg Zhuravlev, head of the Russian army’s coordination center in Syria, said on Tuesday, March 3, that allegations of a humanitarian crisis in Idlib were false.
Zhuravlev said Turkish authorities were “preaching” to some 130,000 refugees who were in temporary camps near the Turkey-Syria border.
“Two-thirds of them are not Syrians. They are Afghans, Iraqis and people from African nations,” he said.
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