Tension at the Greek-Turkish Border Continued Overnight in Kastanies, Evros

March 2, 2020

KASTANIES, Greece – Sporadic attempts to illegally cross the Greek border continued through the night and up until Monday morning in Evros, with migrants trying to enter by either cutting through the border fence or crossing the Evros River, government sources said.

Tear gas and smoke grenades were used on the other side, with this continuing in and around the Kastanies area in an effort to separate the Greek forces.

On the Greek side, 68 people were arrested and charge with illegally entering the country and 9,877 were prevented from entering Greece.

Meanwhile, Greek authorities were marshalling resources to feed and house the police officers and soldiers transferred to Evros to guard the border.

The shops and businesses in the city of Alexandroupolis were collecting food, snacks and drinks to distribute at the Kipi and Kastanies border crossings.

The passenger ferry Superfast XI is to dock in Alexandroupolis port to provide accommodation for police officers transferred to Evros, while hotels in the surrounding areas are full due to the Clean Monday long weekend despite the cancellation of carnival events due to coronavirus.


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