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Media captionRefugees from Syria’s battle clarify why they’re attempting to get into Greece

Turkey will not enable migrants to cross the Aegean sea to Greece as a result of it’s unsafe, the coastguard has mentioned.

The order from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes per week after he mentioned he was “opening the doorways” for refugees to enter Europe, amid tensions over the Syrian battle.

The EU accuses him of utilizing migrants for political functions. It insists its doorways are “closed”.

In the meantime, clashes have once more erupted on the land border.

There seems to have been no change in Turkey’s place with regard to letting migrants attempt to enter Greece by way of this route.

On Saturday, Greek police fired tear fuel at crowds on the border crossing at Kastanies, who responded by throwing stones and shouting “open the gates”, in response to the AFP information company.

The Greek authorities additionally accused Turkish police of firing tear fuel at its police.

What is the background?

In 2016, a deal was reached whereby Turkey would cease permitting migrants to succeed in the EU in return for funds from the bloc to assist it handle the large numbers of refugees it hosts.

However since then, tensions between the EU and Turkey have flared on numerous points. In latest weeks, a fierce onslaught by Syrian forces and their Russian backers on Idlib, the final province held by Syrian rebels, has led to clashes with Turkey, which helps some insurgent teams.

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Turkey already hosts some three.7m Syrians however the battle in Idlib has led to just about one million extra fleeing to its southern border.

Though the EU promised billions extra euros in help, Turkey was unimpressed and final week determined to open its borders with Greece and even bussed migrants near the north-western border.

Greece mentioned that the migrants had been being “manipulated as pawns” by Turkey in an try and exert diplomatic strain.

It has halted for a month all asylum claims from migrants who enter Greece illegally, and brought aggressive measures to discourage them from coming into by way of each land and sea.

In a 24-hour interval to Saturday morning, greater than 1,200 migrants tried to cross the land border, most from Afghanistan and Pakistan, an official supply informed Reuters information company.

The EU’s overseas coverage chief, Josep Borrell, has informed refugees to “keep away from transferring to a closed door”.

The BBC has encountered members of self-styled militias who perform night-time armed patrols in Greek border cities in search of migrants.

“There are such militia alongside the complete area,” mentioned Yannis Laskarakis, a newspaper writer within the metropolis of Alexandroupoli who has obtained dying threats for talking out in opposition to armed vigilantes.

“We’ve got seen them with our personal eyes, arresting migrants, treating them badly and if somebody dares to assist them, he has the identical destiny.”

What is the state of affairs within the Aegean?

Greek coastguard boats have been seen forcing migrant vessels again in latest days.

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Turkey’s coastguard mentioned it rescued 97 migrants within the sea on Thursday, accusing Greek authorities of getting “flattened three boats and left them in a half-sinking state”.

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Media captionGreek coast guards shot into the ocean beside this migrant dinghy and pushed it round with their boats

It mentioned on the orders of Mr Erdogan it will cease letting migrants set sail for Greece throughout the Aegean “as a result of it’s harmful”.

“The method of not intervening in opposition to migrants wishing to depart Turkey stays in follow however this [new] method covers sea crossings due to the risks,” the coastguard mentioned.