Migrants tell their suffering in Greece

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Migrants recounted their ill-treatment by the Greek authorities, who caught them trying to cross into their territory in irregular ways.

Recently, Turkish border guards seized 250 irregular migrants in the state of Edirne, which borders the Greek border in the northwest.

Immigrants of Pakistani, Iraqi, Moroccan, Palestinian and Afghan nationality have been transferred to the headquarters of the Immigration Department in Edirne.

The migrants reported that the Greek authorities mistreated them by beating them and forcing them to return to Turkish territory.

Speaking to Anatolia, Pakistani Arbaz Khan said he entered Turkish territory four months ago in an irregular manner, and worked in Istanbul for a limited time to travel to Edirne in preparation for crossing to Greece.

He added that one night he crossed into Greek territory through the Merig River, among a group of 20 people, after walking for two hours seized by Greek security forces.

He continued: “They took us to a place similar to the camp, and then they took us our phones and valuables, then ordered us to take off our shoes, and began to hit us.”

He explained that the Pakistani immigrant that the Greek authorities left them for two days without food and drink, and then took them next to the river Merej, and forced them to return to Turkish territory.

The Pakistani authorities, Musharraf Hussain, said that the Greek authorities are very mistreating the migrants they seize on its territory.

He added that he stayed in a Greek outpost after his arrest, for two days without food and drink, before being forced by the authorities there to return to Turkish territory via the Marij River.

He pointed out that the Greek authorities behave cautiously during the return of migrants to Turkish territory, noting that during their return, Greek soldiers retreated from sending them towards Edirne, after seeing the Turkish border guards passing near the area.

According to Hussein, the Turkish soldiers treated them well and provided them with basic food, drink and clothing.


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