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Greece has blocked any new asylum purposes for the subsequent month after Turkey “opened the doorways” for migrants to journey to the EU.

Greek officers earlier stated they’d stopped practically 10,000 migrants crossing the land border with Turkey.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated Greece had elevated “the extent of deterrence at our borders to the utmost.”

Turkey says it can’t take care of the quantity of individuals fleeing Syria’s battle.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated he was permitting migrants to attempt to get into neighbouring EU member states Greece and Bulgaria as of Friday.

His choice got here after not less than 33 Turkish troopers had been killed in air strikes in Idlib province in northern Syria this week.

Turkey is internet hosting three.7 million Syrian refugees, in addition to migrants from different nations equivalent to Afghanistan – however had beforehand stopped them from leaving for Europe underneath an aid-linked take care of the EU.

However Mr Erdogan accused the EU of breaking guarantees made in 2016, when Ankara agreed to assist shore up the EU’s south-western border.

The EU’s border safety company Frontex stated it was on “excessive alert” on Europe’s borders with Turkey.

What’s occurring in Greece?

Prime Minister Mitsotakis introduced the suspension in asylum purposes on Twitter on Sunday night, and stated Greece had invoked an emergency clause of an EU treaty “to make sure full European assist”.

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“The borders of Greece are the exterior borders of Europe. We are going to defend them,” he wrote, including that he could be visiting the Evros land border with Turkey with European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday.

“As soon as extra, don’t try to enter Greece illegally – you may be turned again,” he warned.

The Greek authorities stated virtually 10,000 migrants had been blocked from coming into Greece in 24 hours.

Some migrants tossed stones, metallic bars and tear fuel canisters when stopped on the border. Greek border guards fired tear fuel.

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Migrants have been boarding boats to the Greek island of Lesbos

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A migrant lady carries a toddler on Lesbos

Individually, Greek police say not less than 500 folks on seven boats have reached the Greek islands of Lesbos, Samos and Chios, the place camps for migrants are already severely overcrowded.

Seven boats carried greater than 300 folks to Lesbos, 4 arrived on Samos with 150 and two on Chios with a mixed complete of 70 to 80 folks, an official instructed the Reuters information company.

Teams of migrants have additionally been seen wading by way of a river to Greek soil at Kastanies.

Many blocked migrants have been despatched to Evros, an space alongside the Turkey border.

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Migrants make their solution to Greece

Greek deputy defence minister Alkiviadis Stefanis accused Turkey of encouraging migrants to make the journey.

“Not solely are they not stopping them, however they’re serving to them,” he instructed Greece’s Skai TV.

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There have been clashes between migrants and Greek police on Saturday after President Erdogan successfully gave the all-clear for migrants to go for the EU.

The EU stated it was helping Greece and Bulgaria – which additionally borders Turkey – in defending the bloc’s parameters.

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