Politics, Europe

Irregular migrants injured after Greek forces open fire

Greek soldiers fire on migrants waiting at border with Turkey to pass into Europe

Hakan Mehmet Sahin   | 04.03.2020
Irregular migrants injured after Greek forces open fire Greek security forces intervene in irregular migrants with tear gas as the migrants continue to wait at the border between Turkey and Greece, in Edirne, Turkey on March 04, 2020. Greek soldiers on Wednesday opened fire on irregular migrants waiting at its border to pass into Europe. Several migrants in the buffer zone between the border gates of Turkey and Greece were injured and hospitalized after Greek forces showered them with bullets. More than 130,000 irregular migrants have crossed into Europe so far after Turkey opened its borders, accusing the EU of not fulfilling the promises it made as part of a 2015 agreement reached on the refugee crisis. ( Hakan Mehmet Şahin - Anadolu Agency )

EDIRNE, Turkey

Greek soldiers on Wednesday opened fire on irregular migrants waiting at its border to pass into Europe.

Several migrants in the buffer zone between the border gates of Turkey and Greece were injured and hospitalized after Greek forces showered them with bullets.

Blaming the EU for failing to keep its promises to help irregular migrants, Turkey recently loosened its policy on irregular migration, allowing migrants to seek entrance into Europe.

More than 130,000 irregular migrants have crossed into Europe so far after Turkey opened its borders, accusing the EU of not fulfilling the promises it made as part of a 2015 agreement reached on the refugee crisis.

The Greek reaction to irregular migrants and asylum seekers has been harsh, with many battered, tear-gassed and at least two killed by Greek security forces.

Turkey currently hosts over 3.7 million Syrian refugees, making it the world's top refugee-hosting country.


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