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Greece Building Another Anti-Refugee Wall on Border With Turkey

Αssociated Press

FILE- Refugees and migrants on a plastic boat approach a Greek Coast Guard ship during a rescue operation early Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, near the Greek island from Samos. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Still worried that Turkey might again try to get refugees and migrants to cross over, Greece is building another fence on the border, a 62.9-million-euro ($73.7 million) project in the area of Feres.

It's being constructed by a consortium of four companies, said Kathimerini and will be 27 kilometers (16.77 miles) long, not enough to cover the border with no explanation why people couldn't just go around it.

There will be eight elevated observatories built and manned by the Greek army with outposts being sentry spots to try to catch people before they can sneak across into Greece.

An existing fence in the region, which was damaged in 2015, will be reinforced with a steel railing measuring 4.3 meters (14.1 feet) in height, instead of the current 3.5 meters (11.48 feet), still likely accessible with ladders.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the area near the Evros River to survey the work with Greece entangled in rising tensions with Turkey which is planning to drill for energy in waters off Greek islands.

In February and March, just before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent 10,000 refugees and migrants by bus to the border and urged them to cross but they were repelled by Greek riot police and army units.

Under an essentially-suspended 2016 swap deal with the European Union, Turkey is supposed to contain some 4.4 million refugees and migrants who went there fleeing war, strife and economic misery in their homelands but has allowed human traffickers to keep sending them to five Greek islands.