On June 19th, Turkey rescued 56 illegal migrants off Turkey’s Aegean coast, the state-run Anadolu agency reported.
Turkish teams rescued the migrants in a rubber boat near the Dikili district of Turkey’s western province of Izmir, the agency said.
Turkey accused Greece coast guard of pushing the back to Turkey.
In 2020 so far, a total of 11,076 migrants attempted to reach Greece via Turkey’s seas, slightly down from 11,710 over the same period in 2019, according to the latest figures released by the Turkish coast guard.
Alongside these accusations, Anadolu Agency also published alleged photographs showing asylum seekers stranded on the streets of Athens.
They were expelled from the Moria Camp on Lesbos Island in Greece after being granted asylum.
The group seeking shelter at Victoria Square, a public park in the capital, comprises of 66 people, including four pregnant women and children.
“They told us we have to leave Moria Camp. They said: ‘Go to Athens, finish your paper work and go wherever you want after that’,” a refugee said.
“I don’t get that. We are refugees. They officially left us here. Imagine that you came to Afghanistan and did not speak the language. And nobody guides you. How would you feel?” said another refugee who spent the night in the street.
A very emotion-filled video was also published of drone footage of migrants flocking the Turkey-Greece border.
Meanwhile, several videos were published online showing how Turkey actually treats the migrants.
The video below shows Turkish border guards beat a group of refugees, demanding them to sail to Greece.
This second video shows Turkish Coast Guard boats squeeze refugee boats towards the Greek island of Lesbos, where, by order of the Turks, migrants will flood their boats in anticipation of the Greek border guards’ rescue.
According to Greek border guards, Turkish Coast Guard ships escort boats with migrants to Greek territorial waters.
At the same time, on their territory, the Turkish authorities treat the migrants quite poorly and aggressively
Concentrated in Turkey, migrants have long become the “weapons” of Ankara, which it uses to threaten Europe, and particularly Greece.
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