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Man arrested for at least 6 sexual assaults in downtown Athens

Greek police arrested the suspect responsible for at least 6 cases of sexual assaults in downtown Athens and thus in broad daylight. The 23-year-old Syrian national was known to police for similar crimes and had served a prison sentence of less than a year for “attempted rape”, while he was …

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Syrian migrant identified as train crash victim

DNA tests have confirmed the identity of a man’s body found in the wreckage of the passenger train. The man was a Syrian migrant. involved in the train collision near Tempe in central Greece on February 28 which killed 57 people. Authorities said he was a migrant from Syria and …

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39 Syrian refugees finally evacuated from Evros river

After several days and following pressure and general outcry, Greek authorities announced that they had found the stranded refugees in Evros river.  In the previous days Greek Police had announced that they could could not locate the refugees, denying at the same time that they were on Greek territory. “After …

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Greek NGOs appeal to Supreme Court for rescue of 50 migrants stranded at Evros islet

Two Greek NGOs tabled a complaint on Tuesday with the Supreme Court of Greece calling for the rescue of 50 Syrian migrants, including 3 pregnant women and 12 children, from an islet on the Evros River, in Greece’s borders with Turkey. The Greek Council for Refugees and HumanRights360 said the …

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Justice Ministry investigates Coroner; Syrian community wants “public apology”

Greece’s Justice Ministry has launched an investigation on the coroner seeking to determine whether he committed a “disciplinary offense.” He had had falsely claimed that the 11-month-old refugee baby girl from Syria was “sexually abused,” contrary to the official autopsy report that found no signs of abuse of any kind. …

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Monastery opens its gates to host vulnerable Syrian refugees

A monastery will open its gates and host asylum-seekers, single parent families from Syria, consisting of 50-60 women and children. It is one of the two monasteries the Metropolis of Ilia opens for vulnerable groups of refugees. First negative reactions by locals already are being heard. The refugees are expected …

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Turkey’s warning to allow millions of Syrian refugees to Europe “not a bluff”

Turkey’s warnings that it will allow millions of Syrian refugees to head West if the European Union continues to consider sanctions over military operations in Syria and hydrocarbon drilling off Cyprus is “not a threat and it is not a bluff,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Germany’s Deutsche Welle. “We …

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Refugee toddler drowns outside camp in West Peloponnese

A refugee toddler was found to have drowned in the sea outside the refugee camp at LM Village in Myrisini of the municipality Andravida-Kyllini on Sunday. Sharma, the child of a Syrian refugee family, was 2.5 years old. The body of the child was found to be floating in the …

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Erdogan reloaded: He threatens Europe with 5.5mn Syrian refugees

For a third consecutive time in just a couple of days, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to flood the European Union with 5.5 million Syrian refugees. “If they [EU] don’t help us in this struggle of ours, we will not be able to hinder the 3.5 million refugees in …

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Almost 6,000 Turkish citizens seek asylum in Greece after failed coup

A total 5,786 Turkish citizens have applied for obtaining refugee status in Greece, since 2016’s failed coup attempt that was followed by a government crackdown, Turkish media reported on Sunday. According to a report by Diken attributed to the Greek Ministry of Immigration Policies, the number of Turks seeking asylum …

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Farmer in custody for having shot Syrian teenager on Lesvos

A court on the island of Lesvos remanded custody to the 78-year-old farmer who shot and wounded a teenager refugee from Syria last week. Together with his family the 16-year-old asylum seeker had sought refuge in the farmer’s land plot to escape violence in the Moria hot spot nearby. The …

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Greek police arrests Syrian refugee over suspected ISIS links

Greek police arrested a 32-year-old Syrian refugee in the northeastern Greek city of Alexandroupolis over suspected links with terrorist group ISIS, police said Friday. The man was arrested a day earlier after his wife filed a complaint over domestic abuse. She also told authorities that her husband was an ISIS …

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111 refugees left Greece for Finland, yet EU relocation target falls extremely short

One hundred ten Syrian refugees among them also 36 unaccompanied minors left Greece for Finland on Monday in the context of the relocation scheme. Families, individual persons and unaccompanied minors boarded on a plane from Athens international airport Eleftherios Venizelos on Monday morning. According to Asylum Office, the group consisted …

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UPD Crete: Police arrests Syrian suspect following Belgian arrest warrant

Greek police arrested a Syrian terror suspect following an arrest warrant from Belgium. According to a police statement, the 51-year-old Syrian national has been accused among others for “terrorist acts within the European Union, participation in a criminal organization, human trafficking and forgery.” The man was arrested yesterday, Thursday (13. …

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