Greece Closes Border, Deploys Military to Defend Against Migrants Sent By Turkey
Greek government sends army, helicopters, and naval warships to defend Europe
Greece has closed its border and deployed its military to defend the country, and the rest of Europe, from the flood of Middle Eastern migrants currently heading its way after being sent by Turkey.
The Greek government has sent the army, helicopters, and naval warships to help defend the Greece-Turkey border.
The move follows the military escalation between the Turkish regime and the Russia-backed Syrian army.
The situation imploded late this week with announcements from Turkey that it would be making good on previous threats to flood Europe with millions of migrants from Syria.
In response, Greece has completely sealed off its border with Turkey.
Fifty navy warships have now been deployed by the government to protect the Greek islands, with ten helicopters guarding land borders against foreign invaders sent by the Turkish President Erdogan's regime, German daily tabloid Bild reports.
The seemingly drastic moves come after a veiled threat made by the spokesperson for Turkey’s ruling AKP party, Ömer Celik.
Celik had earlier alluded to the fact that Turkey’s borders to Europe could be opened.
"Our refugee policy remains the same, but here we have a situation,” Celik said.
"We can no longer keep the refugees."
Although the Turkish government hasn’t made an official statement announcing that the border has been opened, a source confirmed the plans to journalists.
According to news agency Reuters, all Turkish border guards, coastguards officers, and police had been ordered to stand down and let migrants pass through, as Neon Nettle previously reported.
Adding weight to that claim, Turkish journalist Ragip Solyu wrote on Twitter that the Turkish border would be open for the next 72 hours to any and all migrants who would like to make their way to continental Europe.
Numerous videos have surfaced on social media depicting military-aged male migrants clashing with Greek border guards and security forces at various Greek-Turkish land borders.
Greek border— Bruno Maçães (@MacaesBruno) February 29, 2020
Ever wonder what a 21st century invasion looks like? Here they come as Sultan Erdogan opens the floodgates to Greece. pic.twitter.com/wkNmzcnAi5— David Vance (@DVATW) February 29, 2020
The chaotic news comes just days after 50 riot police officers and 10 protesters were left injured during protests on Greek islands.
Hundreds of Greeks living on the island of Lesbos clashed with police last Wednesday night over the government’s plan to build new migrant camps.