UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Turkey has opened the gates with Greece and Bulgaria unleashing a wave of refugees in the majority of Syrians and Afghans on Europe’s borders.
The decision has been provoked by the crisis in Syria that is increasing the balance of Turkish soldiers killed in the country.
Hundreds of Syrian and Afghan refugees have flocked from Turkey to Europe for hours. Authorities have announced they will no longer contain the influx of millions of asylum seekers traveling to Greece and Bulgaria, and any border guards have been instructed not to intervene.
Borders with European countries opened on Friday in the wake of an air strike by Syrian government forces that left at least 33 Turkish soldiers dead in the Idlib region of Syria the day before. Soldiers were fighting alongside rebels against the regime to create a security zone for the 3.6 million Syrians now sheltered from Ankara.
“But our journey by boat to Greece. We are ready made garments and money. Gendarmerie forces and all have told us that the border is open. We were told you can continue where you want,” said one of the hundreds of immigrants gathered on Friday the coastal city of Dikili.
President Erdogan has earlier threatened to open the borders to refugees if European countries do not support Ankara’s plans to relocate Syrians to their homeland.
Meanwhile, after the bloodshed in Syria on Thursday, Turkey is reported to have hit several targets of Syrian government forces.
Over 1,700 fighters have been neutralized since the Idlib offensive began.
The United Nations has announced an emergency meeting on the latest crisis, and has called for lowering tensions and a ceasefire.
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