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Traffickers new method: Migrants transfer with fake ambulance and doctors

Greek Police in Thessaloniki has arrested a human trafficker who used a fake ambulance to transfer migrants, some of them dressed as doctors. The ambulance was spotted on Egnatia highway some 30 km away from Thessaloniki on Thursday. When police made a signal to the driver to stop the vehicle, …

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Turkey complicit in migrants trafficking, says Cyprus Minister

Cyprus’ interior minister is accusing Turkey and Turkish Cypriots in the occupied north of the island of helping to traffic migrants to the internationally recognized southern part of the ethnically split island nation. Constantinos Petrides told state radio Monday it’s “now certain” that a mass influx of migrants is arriving …

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2 children, 5 adults drowned when migrants boat capsizes off Lesvos

Seven people have been reportedly drowned when a boat carrying refugees and migrants to Greece capsized just a few nautical miles off the island of Lesvos. 57 people have been rescued. Among those who lost their lives are two girls 5 and 7 years old, four women and one man. …

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Greek police rescues 74 migrants held as hostages in Thessaloniki

Greece’s police has rescued 74 migrants who were held hostages in a warehouse in the outskirts of Thessaloniki, northern Greece. They were in the hands of four foreign men who were demanding ransom from the victims’ families. According to a police press release, police teams raided the abandoned warehouse located …

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NGO files against Greece at Human Rights Court over migrants sea rescue

Following a two-and-a-half-year legal battle in Greek courts, Salam Kamal-Aldeen, founder of the non-profit Team Humanity has filed an unprecedented application with the European Court of Human Rights challenging Greece’s crackdown on NGOs rescuing refugees at sea. The application filed with the Strasbourg Court challenges the legality of the Greek …

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Refugees and migrants camp at Syntagma Sq demanding housing (UPD)

Negotiations have begun early Saturday morning between police officers and about 50 refugees who set up tents at Syntagma Square in downtown Athens on Friday afternoon. Families with small children have camped opposite the Greek Parliament with placards and card-boards with slogans reading “Why do you force us to stay …

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Ancient Greek migrants built the famous Stonehenge, DNA reveals

Britons who built the famous Stonehenge were product of ancient wave of migrant farmers, that is of Greeks from Asia Minor, DNA tests have revealed. Ancient skeletons have revealed that the arrival of population from the eastern Mediterranean Sea replaced the local hunter-gatherer population of British Isles. The ancestors of …

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Migrants flock to Greek-Turkish border following false “open border” campaign

Migrants in Turkey continue to flock to the borders to Greece following false rumors that Ankara has opened the borders and would allow them to go through. By train and bus, they move to the province of Edirne, in North-West Turkey, which borders to neighboring Greece. Turkish security forces have …

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Twin boys, father drowned when migrants boat sinks off Samos

Two boys aged 4,5 and their father were drowned in the early morning hours of Thursday, when the boat carrying them together with other migrants sank off the island of Samos. The Greek Coast Guard spotted eleven migrants, among them three children, swimming in the sea area East of the …

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CoE Rights group slams “inhumane” treatment of migrants in Greece

The Council of Europe rights body Tuesday condemned the “inhuman and degrading treatment” of migrants and asylum seekers held in Greece, adding it had credible allegations of abuse by police. “Foreign nationals deprived of their liberty by the Greek authorities must be treated humanely and with dignity,” the Council’s European …

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15-year-old missing after migrants boat capsizes off Lesvos

A big Search and Rescue operation is underway in the sea area North-East of the island of Lesvos after a 15-year-old girl went missing following the capsize of a boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece. Despite the bad weather conditions with powerful winds, the boat left the Turkish coast …

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3 children, one adult missing after migrants boat capsizes in Evros River

Three children and one adult have been missing after a migrants boat capsized in Evros River, the natural border between Greece and Turkey. Eight people have been rescued. The inflatable boat was carrying twelve people who were trying to enter Greece illegally early Saturday morning. The boat reportedly busted and …

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One dead, nine injured in traffic accident with migrants in North Greece

One woman died and nine people were injured in one more traffic accident with migrants in northern Greece. The traffic accident occurred at a side road of Egnatia Highway near Thessaloniki at 8 o’ clock Tuesday morning. According to local media, the driver did not stop at a police signal …

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Child dies, 27 injured when migrants van collides with truck in Thessaloniki

A 4-year-old child died and 27 people were injured when a van transferring migrants collided with a truck on the old national highway Thessaloniki-Kavala on Friday night. Among the injured are five children with the youngest to be a 5-month-old baby. Injured are also two traffickers who are hospitalized guarded.  …

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Triple crime on migrants in Evros: Victims were mother and two daughters

DNA tests on the bodies of three women recently stabbed to death revealed that the victims were a mother and her two underage daughters. Authorities did not give any further details about the victims other than the DNA match. Initial information had suggested the mother was around 35 years old …

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Two policemen arrested for being involved in migrants’ trafficking ring

Two police officers were arrested for being involved in migrants’ trafficking helping migrant to cross from Turkey into Greece via the Evros river. It is the second case in a week where policemen are accused of such illegal actions. The two officers were arrested in Soulfi, North East Greece on …

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13 migrants injured when car bursts into flames following accident in police chase

Thirteen migrants were injured with two of them in critical condition after the car they were in burst into flames. The jeep-type car slipped off the road on the old Kavala Thessaloniki highway in North Greece  early Sunday afternoon. Firefighters  managed to pull the passengers and the driver in time. …

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Greek Police arrests policeman beaten by Pakistani migrants in Nikaia

The police officer who was found to have been beaten by Pakistani nationals in Nikaia was arrested by Greek Police on Friday. The 34-year-old policeman faces charges for robbery in complicity, while police is seeking for two of his accomplices, Greek Police said in a statement. Από τη Διεύθυνση Εσωτερικών …

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