The European Union will deploy its Frontex rapid-intervention border force and grant Greece 780 million dollars in aid to manage the migrant flashpoint at its frontier with Turkey.
Around 10,000 asylum seekers have arrived at the Greek-Turkish land border to attempt to gain entry. The Greek pushback has included the use of water cannons and tear gas by riot police. Greece’s efforts to stop the immigration flow has been hailed by four central European members.
For the second day running, Greek officials have denied Turkish reports of migrants being killed. On Wednesday, Turkish security officials claimed a migrant died from a chest wound after being shot with live ammunition – a claim “vehemently” denied by the Greek government as “fake news.”
The European Commission President announced that Frontex will deploy a rapid intervention team, with an additional 100 guards backed by coastal patrol vessels, helicopters and vehicles.