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Greece Will Use Blimps, Cameras to Track Migrants on Border

Αssociated Press

Police officers patrol alongside a steel wall at Evros river, near the village of Poros, at the Greek -Turkish border, Greece, Friday, May 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

Intensifying a push to keep out refugee and migrants, including those who keep coming by sea, Greece is planning to use blimps with camera surveillance to watch over its borders.

That's a plan from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) that assists Greek forces in patrolling the land and sea borders, with Turkey still allowing human traffickers to send migrants and refugees to give Greek islands.

The first of the two blimps that are expected to be deployed is already at the airport of Alexandroupoli in northeastern Greece and a second will be put early in August in a military outpost on the island of Limnos, said Kathimerini.near the

They are equipped with state-of-the-art cameras with a range stretching beyond 10 miles and will provide an idea of the movements not only at sea but also on the Greek-Turkish land border.

Early in 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Turkey sent 10,000 refugees and migrants to the border near the Evros River and urged them to cross but they were repelled by Greek riot police and army units.

Greece has been accused by Turkey – which has violated an essentially-suspended 2016 swap deal with the European Union by letting smugglers keep sending ,refugees and migrants to Greece – of pushing them back, which the New Democracy government has denied doing.