Greece’s Minister for Citizen Protection denied any involvement in an alleged incident where an Afghan national was killed inside Turkish territory by shots fired from within Greece in the area of the Evros river, the natural border between the two countries.
Turkish media claimed on Monday, the incident took place in the village Alibey near the Turkish border post of Edirne when Greek security forces opened fire against a group of undocumented migrants seeking to cross into the country.
According to Turkish media, the victim was taken to hospital where he died.
In a post on social media, Civil Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos said, “Turkey has a long history in instrumentalizing irregular migrants. It’s time [Turkey] stopped [spreading] fake news about Greek shootings in the Evros.”
Η Τουρκία έχει βεβαρυμένο παρελθόν στην εργαλειοποίηση των παράτυπων μεταναστών. Ας εγκαταλείψει επιτέλους τα fake news για ελληνικούς πυροβολισμούς στον Έβρο.
— Τάκης Θεοδωρικάκος (@theodorikakosp) June 13, 2022
Several Greek media entitle the relevant news as “new Turkish provocation.”