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Migrant Tents Burned At Greek-Turkish Border In Apparent Withdrawal

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Migrant Tents Burned At Greek-Turkish Border In Apparent Withdrawal

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On March 27th, Greek authorities believe Turkish authorities are starting to evacuate the migrants sent to the border in the northeastern Evros region to try to cross into Europe, Greek outlet Ekathimerini reported.

There was also a video, purportedly showing Turkish forces burning migrant tents at the Greek-Turkish border.

According to Greek media, however, shortly after midnight on March 26th, migrants who were camping out on the Turkish side of the fence collected their tents and other objects and set them on fire inside the forest of Kastanies.

Greek authorities also observed numerous migrants boarding into busses, possibly to return to Istanbul.

Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos and the head of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff Konstantinos Floros will be in Evros later on March 27th.

Prior to this apparent withdrawal, there was a several-day-long escalation, with migrants clashing with Greek border guards, while Turkish forces launched tear gas.

There also appeared to be clashes amongst migrants themselves in the camps.

Some 150,600 migrants and refugees succeeded to enter Greece by land or sea since February 28th when Turkey announced that it will not prevent migrants from trying to cross over the border to Europe anymore, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on March 26th.

He also reported that nearly 4,600 migrants are still waiting near the Pazarkule border gate in Turkey’s western province Edirne.

Where his estimations come from remains unclear.

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