Migrants: clashes on the Turkish-Greek border

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Clashes occurred on the Turkish-Greek border on Wednesday, leaving at least one injured among the migrants, AFP correspondents said.

Near the Pazarkule border crossing point (Kastanies, Greek side) a migrant was wounded in the leg by shots coming from the Greek side after having attempted with a group of refugees to cut the fence erected at the border to enter Greek territory , noted an AFP photographer.

Skirmishes followed this incident in which migrants threw stones at the Greek security forces, which retaliated by using tear gas.

Several Turkish ambulances arrived in the area following these clashes.

In a video provided to AFP by the Greek government, we see Turkish police officers shooting tear gas canisters against Greek police officers at the border post.

According to AFP correspondents present on the Turkish side of the border in Kastanies, columns of migrants from the buffer zone approached the barbed wire on Wednesday morning.

Shots in the air, the origin of which could not be determined, shouts, police sirens could be heard. Smoke came from a big fire.

Cords of heavily-helmeted, helmeted policemen stood by the Greek side, the source said.

Turkey, which is trying to get more Western support in Syria against the Syrian regime and its Russian ally, opened its border with Greece on Friday to allow migrants already on its territory to pass to Europe.

After this announcement, several thousand people flocked to the Pazarkule crossing point. Several inflatable boats carrying migrants have also arrived on the Aegean islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos.

Between Saturday and Monday evening, “24,203 illegal entry attempts were prevented, 183 people were arrested,” according to the Greek government.


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