Greece-Turkey migrant border crisis to deteriorate, says Frontex
03 March 2020 | 10:03 am
The European Union's border agency is expecting the situation at the Greece-Turkey to deteriorate even further, according to documents seen by Die Welt. Greece has declared its highest alert level.
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Greek coastguard vessels were dispatched to rescue tourists and residents trapped on the holiday island of Rhodes, where a wildfire has been raging for several days.
Temperatures in Greece are expected to rise above 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) over the next couple of days, as much of the world grapples with extreme heat this summer.
The Treaty of Lausanne was signed on July 24, 1923. Although its significance is often underestimated, it still ensures stability in the eastern Mediterranean a century later.
Residents were ordered to evacuate after a wildfire triggered explosions near a major military base in the coastal town of Nea Anchialos.
Greece is seeing a spike in arrivals by sea of people fleeing conflict and economic hardship in the Middle East and Africa.
Two villages north of Athens were evacuated after a forest fire broke out, while a major wildfire near the Turkish border raged for a third day. A man was killed during one of the fires.
Wildfires have been raging in northeastern Greece for days. Media reports suggest the bodies were those of migrants.
Greek firefighters have been battling blazes on numerous fronts, including near the capital. Prosecutors ordered an investigation into the causes of the fires and alleged claims of racism and scapegoating of migrants.
Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze at the edge of Greece's Dadia national park. The European Commission described it as the largest single fire in the history of the EU.
The wildfires raging in northern Greece are causing unprecedented devastation. Nature reserves have gone up in flames and livelihoods have been destroyed. Some Greeks have accused migrants of starting the blaze.
The Greek island of Paros, in the Cyclades, is a popular tourist destination during the summer season, when around 450,000 visitors flock to the picturesque island of 12,000 inhabitants. But locals have become exacerbated by this huge influx of tourists and the illegal privatisation of certain beaches. Protests have even erupted on Paros under the banner of "Reclaim the beach".
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