Greek Police Say Migrant Found Shot Dead Near Turkish Border

A female migrant was killed by gunfire at the Greece-Turkey border while she and several others attempted to cross a river separating the two countries.

Greek police in a statement said that a woman died as a group of migrants attempted to cross the Evros River on Saturday night. 

The nationality of the killed woman was not immediately identified.

The border officers were patrolling the area near the river, also known as the Meric when they reportedly spotted numerous migrants on the Turkish side.

Greek police said eleven people were found onboard an inflatable dinghy, and officers directed flashlights at the boat and ordered them to “go back”.

In response, a “barrage” of shots allegedly erupted from the Turkish side, while Greek officers fell to the ground and fired warning shots.

It wasn’t immediately clear who fired the shot, and police said that they have launched an investigation into the incident.

Eventually, four migrants were able to reach the Greek shore, police said, adding that the dead boy of the fifth was recovered from the water.

The group had allegedly paid €2,000 each to smugglers in Istanbul to take them to Athens, according to the statement.

In February, nineteen migrants were found frozen to death near Turkey’s border with Greece.

The bodies of 12 people were found near the İpsala border crossing “without shoes and stripped of their clothes” and one of the migrants died in hospital after being rescued by Turkish authorities.

Turkey, which hosts about 3.7 million Syrian refugees only, is a major crossing point for migrants from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa seeking a better life in European Union countries.


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