Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu on Wednesday said the bodies of 12 migrants who froze to death were found near Turkey’s border with Greece, accusing it’s neighbor’s border guards for pushing them back over the frontier.
Soylu in a tweet said that 12 were among 22 migrants who were allegedly pushed back into Turkey by Greece border guards.
“Those who died were found near the Ipsala border crossing without shoes and stripped of their clothes,” Soylu wrote without providing more details.
Meanwhile, Greece Migration Minister, Notis Mitarachi, while calling the incident a tragedy, has strongly rejected the claim that Greece forces had pushed back the migrants.
In a statement, Mitarachi said the truth behind the incident has nothing to do with the “false propaganda made public by my colleague, Mr. Soylu.”
Turkey and Greece have frequently accused each other for doing little in regards to immigrants with Ankara accusing neighboring Greece of illegally pushing back migrants wanting to make their way into Europe.
Greece has repeatedly denied the accusations rather than accused Turkey for its failure to prevent people from approaching the border area.
At the same time, the International Organization for Migration in a statement called the incident “horrified” and said to follow it with the relevant authorities from both countries.
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