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Media captionGreece says it has stopped almost 35,000 individuals coming into the nation illegally since Saturday

Turkey says it’s deploying 1,000 law enforcement officials to its land border with Greece to halt the pushback of migrants into Turkey.

Hundreds of migrants and refugees, determined to get into the EU, stay within the border zone. Greek guards have fired tear fuel to cease them coming into.

The additional Turkish police are going to the Meric river (known as Evros in Greek) on the border, Inside Minister Suleyman Soylu mentioned.

The EU has condemned Turkey’s coverage.

The Greek authorities says that since early Saturday its forces have prevented the unlawful entry of 34,778 individuals and arrested 244.

Syrians, Afghans, Pakistanis and West Africans are among the many migrants on the border.

EU solidarity with Greece

In a press release, the EU Council – representing the 27 international ministers – mentioned the council “expresses its solidarity with Greece” and “strongly rejects Turkey’s use of migratory strain for political functions”.

“This example at EU’s exterior borders shouldn’t be acceptable.” The council demanded that Turkey implement the 2016 EU-Turkey settlement, which obliged Turkey to dam unlawful migration into Greece.

Turkey introduced almost every week in the past that it will not implement the 2016 deal, accusing the EU of inaction over Syrian battle refugees. Turkey is already internet hosting some three.7 million Syrians, and almost one million extra are on its southern border after fleeing from war-torn Idlib.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is assembly Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, in a brand new effort to scale back the Syrian tensions. Turkish forces are clashing with Russian-backed Syrian authorities troops in Idlib.

In the meantime, Greece is struggling to deal with greater than 20,000 asylum seekers on the island of Lesbos who’re dwelling in squalid, overcrowded camps. There was native hostility in direction of new arrivals attempting to come back ashore from close by Turkey.

Mr Soylu accused Greek forces of getting wounded 164 individuals on the land border.

Turkish officers mentioned a person was fatally wounded when Greek safety forces opened hearth on migrants on Wednesday. Greece denied that, in addition to claims that two Syrians have been fatally shot earlier on the border.

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Greek border guards have detained dozens of migrants who crossed the River Evros

The River Evros is now closely fortified, with Greek safety personnel positioned on each few metres, a BBC correspondent reviews.

The way it began

When at the very least 50 Turkish troopers have been killed in northern Syria in late February, President Erdogan mentioned Turkey was dealing with a significant inflow of individuals fleeing Russian and Syrian air strikes.

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

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Greece mentioned this week that the migrants have been being “manipulated as pawns” by Turkey in an try to exert diplomatic strain. Greece has halted for a month all asylum claims from migrants who enter Greece illegally.

President Erdogan argued that the choice to open the border gates was “absolutely” according to worldwide legislation.

Prime EU officers have visited the world, which serves because the bloc’s south-eastern border, promising monetary assist to Greece to step up safety.

European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen described Greece as a “European protect”, utilizing the Greek world aspida.

The EU’s Frontex border company plans to deploy further guards and tools to assist Greek police.