Turkey rescues 29 migrants beaten by Greek soldiers
Irregular migrants beaten, deprived of their belongings by Greek authorities, says Turkish Defense Ministry
Turkish security forces rescued 29 irregular migrants beaten and deprived of their belongings by Greek soldiers, the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“In the most recent event, 29 irregular migrants were brutally beaten by Greek soldiers. Their money, phones and even their shoes were confiscated,” the statement said.
The migrants were stranded on a small islet near the banks of the (Maritsa) River.
“In their testimonial, the migrants reported that they were beaten and all their belongings were taken by force by the Greek authorities who then tried to forcibly send them to Turkey,” the statement said.
Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers who want to cross to Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.
The country hosts nearly 4 million refugees, including over 3.6 million Syrians, more than any other country in the world.
* Writing by Ahmet Gencturk in Ankara
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