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Clashes between migrants and police erupt on Turkish-Greek border

Source : 112 Ukraine

Greek government secretly accuses Turkey of using tear gas against Greek law enforcement
17:19, 8 March 2020

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Clashes between Greek police and migrants at the Greece-Turkey border crossing of Kastanies erupted On March 7. Greek police used tear gas to push back the migrants, reports Ekathimerini.

Turkish police also threw tear gas at Greek police, but, for the first time, also targeted the migrants, apparently aiming at pushing them away from this part of the border.

A drone is flying over the Kastanies border crossing, but it is unclear whom it belongs to and what its purpose is.

In an unofficial handout, the Greek government accused Turkey of targeting Greek forces with tear gas. "Attacks with tear gas towards Greek forces at the Kastanies border crossing and around it,” it said.

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The handout was accompanied by photographs and a video. The text says that one photo shows “Turkish security personnel openly position(ing) themselves and assum(ing) formation shortly before the start of the incident."

Although Greece has not yet released figures of migrants prevented to cross and arrests, the flow appears to have been reduced.

“This situation must end, because it is difficult both for us and the Turkish locals on the other side. But it is also hard on these kids sitting in the cold and rain and playing a cat-and-mouse game,” said Theodoros Charisiades, resident of Kastanies.

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Over 76,000 migrants have left Turkish borders for Europe since February 28, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said. This is reported by Dailysabah.

In a statement on his official Twitter account, Soylu updated the figure to 76,358 as of March 1 from 47,000 from a day earlier.

Turkish authorities announced that they would no longer prevent the stem the flow of migrants who wanted to reach Europe.

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