Thousands of migrants stuck at Turkey-Greece border
Date: 2020-03-25 13:17
Despite an onslaught of attacks and rough measures by Greek police and border authorities, migrants and refugees have continued to wait amid bleak conditions on the border for 27 days, in the hope that Greece will open the doors to asylum in the European Union.
It has been almost a month since migrants and refugees moved toward the Greek border in order to enter the EU but were blocked by Greek security forces, who used tear gas, bullets and water cannons against those trying to cross.
Humanitarian aid on the border between Greece and Turkey has been provided by Turkish officials who are making sure that refugees have all basic essentials needed.
Under the coordination of Edirne Gov. Ekrem Canalp, refugees have received humanitarian aid 24 hours a day on the Turkish side.
Hundreds of security forces provide safety in the area while health officials, cleaning staff and institution managers coordinate the services to ensure that the refugees and migrants have their needs met.
Edirne Health Director Ali Cengiz Kalkan pointed out that the Greek security forces were employing brutality. Currently, there are seven people receiving medical treatment in the local hospital, with about 236 people injured after another attack by Greek soldiers. According to Kalkan, around 7,800 patients were being looked after in the field tent hospital set up along Turkey's Pazarkule border crossing with Greece's Kastanies, near Edirne.
“Immigrants cannot find their children after the Greek security forces attack them with gas. Health staff who find those children intervene and provide them with oxygen. It is a very touching scene when these children get to reunite with their parents,” Kalkan said.
According to Edirne Health Directorate officials, three migrants have been killed in the operations conducted by Greek security forces.
Immigrants are staying in tents with their families. Many of them have breathing difficulties due to systematic gas attacks.
Turkey's decision to open the border came after 34 Turkish soldiers were killed last week by Assad regime in Idlib, northwestern Syria. Turkish soldiers had been stationed in the area to protect local civilians as part of a 2018 deal with Russia forbidding acts of aggression within a certain delineation.
The Human Rights Watch urged Greece and the EU to respect human rights in its response to Turkey's new policy of not stopping migrants and refugees trying to leave for Greece.
Based on DS