Greek army, police on high alert along Turkey border after migrant clashes

Greek army, police on high alert along Turkey border after migrant clashes

Amid claims on the Turkish side that Greek security forces are shooting near refugees and migrants, European Council President Charles Michel said it was "crucial to act in a proportionate manner and to show respect for human dignity and global law".

Von der Leyen said European Union border protection agency Frontex would send an offshore vessel and three coastal patrol vessels, two helicopters and other aircraft, three thermovision vehicles and ad 100 border guards to the 530 it already has in Greece.

Flying by helicopter over the Greece-Turkey border, where thousands of desperate asylum seekers have tried to break through for days, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday the bloc would provide Greece "all the support needed".

A Greek government spokesman said a video circulating on social media showing a young man with wounds to the head laid out on the ground near the border was "fake news".

"There were only a few attempts today (by migrants to cross the land border)".

Thousands have arrived at the frontier since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced last week that Turkey would no longer stop them trying to enter Europe.

The resulting movement of migrants appeared well organized, with buses, minibuses and cars provided in Istanbul to ferry people to the border, a roughly three to four hour drive away.

Greece has suspended asylum procedures in a bid to prevent people entering its territory, but the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said Athens was in the wrong.

Turkey now hosts more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees and has demanded more support from Europe as it handles the fallout from the Syrian war on its border. Since Turkey opened its borders, he is the first travelling migrant to be reported dead.

Greece has made clear its borders are shut.

Greek authorities said that in the 24 hours between Monday and Tuesday morning, they had prevented a total of 5,183 people from entering Greece, and arrested 45 people, mostly from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Morocco and Bangladesh. Authorities have also set up cordons of police and army checks on and near the border, arresting those who managed to make it through.

The situation further south in the Aegean Sea was also calmer on Tuesday due to choppier seas, a police source said, after almost 300 migrants arrived on the Greek islands by boat from the nearby Turkish coast on Monday. "This Greek government, unlike the previous one (led by Alexis Tsipras), is controlling its border". "We're distributing meal boxes and other basic supplies in the city but the temperatures are dropping to almost zero and the wind it quite bad so we're concerned about these vulnerable people who are exposed to the elements".

The Kremlin said Mr Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin would meet in Moscow on Thursday for talks on Idlib.

"Open the gate", shouted one man in English, his hands gripping the fence. "You will have your share of this burden now", he said he told them, adding that there will be millions attempting to cross into Europe.

Soon, he said, "the number of people going to the border will be expressed in millions".

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