About 40 migrants, some of whom urgently need medical attention, were reportedly left stranded for days on a river islet inside a restricted military zone near Greece‘s border, according to humanitarian organisations. Greece on Thursday requested assistance from its neighbour Turkey, according to police.
It was discovered that the coordinates for the islet on the Evros River were “beyond Greek jurisdiction,” according to a police statement, which led to the request.
In order to swiftly remove the migrants from the islet and give them “all essential support,” Turkish authorities were reportedly instructed to “urgently take all necessary action.”
The refugees, who were allegedly tossed from side to side of the border by Greek and Turkish police, allegedly told the Greek Council for Refugees that a 5-year-old girl died on the islet after being stung by a scorpion.
According to a police official who spoke to the AP, officials have been looking for migrants who have been reported as being stranded on the Evros islets for days but have been unsuccessful because of inconsistent locational data.
Vassilis Papadopoulos, the head of the Greek Council for Refugees, claimed that his organisation first learned about the migrants in the middle of July. About 50 people, he claimed, had supposedly managed to cross to the Greek side before being forcibly returned to Turkey.
Additionally, migrants told his group that Turkish authorities allegedly sent them back onto many islets before they became caught on a Greek islet in the middle of a river. The number of migrants was said to have increased to around 70 at that point.