Turkey: 149,000 Asylum Seekers Crossed The Greek Since Late February

Published April 8th, 2020 - 10:29 GMT
Migrants and refugees, some wearing facemasks for protective measures, queue in a makeshift camp next to the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on April 2, 2020. Over 20 coronavirus cases were found in a camp near Athens this week. At the camp of Moria on the island of Lesbos, both doctors and migrants say health precautions are not much help in a facility that is so badly overcrowded. The novel coronavirus could spread faster in overcrowded refugee and displaced persons camps than it has anywhere els
Migrants and refugees, some wearing facemasks for protective measures, queue in a makeshift camp next to the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on April 2, 2020. Over 20 coronavirus cases were found in a camp near Athens this week. At the camp of Moria on the island of Lesbos, both doctors and migrants say health precautions are not much help in a facility that is so badly overcrowded. The novel coronavirus could spread faster in overcrowded refugee and displaced persons camps than it has anywhere else so far, warned the International rescue Committee. Manolis LAGOUTARIS / AFP
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Akar also noted that Turkish and Russian forces stationed in Syria conducted their third joint patrol in line with the Moscow agreement in early March.

Turkey on Wednesday announced that nearly 149,000 asylum seekers had crossed its northwestern border to enter Greece since Feb. 28. 

Speaking at a televised interview, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said: "148,763 people have crossed the [Greek] border since Feb. 28."

Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers aiming to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.

Thousands of asylum seekers had camped at Turkey's border with Greece after Ankara declared in late February that it would no longer stop them from going to Europe, accusing the EU of not keep its part of a 2016 refugee deal.

Akar also noted that Turkish and Russian forces stationed in Syria conducted their third joint patrol in line with the Moscow agreement in early March.

"Third joint Turkish-Russian land patrol was conducted today [Wednesday] by air and ground vehicles on M4 motorway in Syria's Idlib province, as part of the earlier TR-RF agreement," the National Defense Ministry said on Twitter, adding that patrols would continue.

Turkey and Russia agreed on a protocol which urged parties to "cease all military actions along the line of contact in the Idlib de-escalation area starting from 00.01 [2101GMT] of March 6, 2020."

The protocol also noted that joint Turkish-Russian patrols would begin on March 15 along the M4 highway from the settlement of Trumba -- 2 km (1.2 miles) to the west of Saraqib -- to the settlement of Ain al-Havr.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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