Tense situation on the Greek-Turkish border

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Greek authorities are continuing to face thousands of migrants trying to cross Turkey. Crowds are backing away with tear gas, with women and children most at risk.

As Greece boosts readiness for thousands on the border with Turkey, immigrants are looking for new ways to reach the European state.

Some families from Iran and Afghanistan have camped on the deserted beaches of Turkish border towns after losing hope of crossing the land border under current security circumstances.

“We are trying to cross into Greece. We are stuck in this two-night cold, with nothing, no food. The children are hungry. People say the Greeks are not allowing them, they are firing bullets at migrant boats,” says one an Afghan immigrant waiting to take a trip to the island of Lesbos.

Women and children are most at risk from this new refugee crisis, and at least one child is reported to have died from the overthrow of rubber boats that have sailed in recent days.

The weakest groups, according to the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, make up 40 percent of the migrant contingent at the Greek-Turkish border.

Greek police, meanwhile, continued to issue tear gas on crowds on Wednesday, backed by military troops and firefighters mobilized for arson.

The Turkish Interior Ministry claims that the number of migrants who have crossed into Greece from just one Turkish city has reached 135,000.

Greece, on the other hand, talks of about 15,000 people at the Greek-Turkish border, blocking nearly 30,000 border crossing attempts and 220 arrests.

The day before, European Commission chief Ursula Fon-der-Linn supported Athens’ response.

While in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for the creation of security zones in Syria so that millions of recent refugees who are now seeking to come to Europe can be returned.


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