Nearly 1,000 migrants were prevented from illegally crossing into Greece from Turkey in the past 24 hours despite tight border security, Greek newspaper Kathimerini said on Tuesday citing Greek officials.
The figure points to little respite in a two-week row between the EU and Turkey, the newspaper said.
Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said last month Turkey won’t prevent migrants from crossing its border with the European Union until it has received more support to cope with the humanitarian crisis caused by the protracted war in neighbouring Syria.
Tens and thousands have amassed at Turkey’s northwestern border with Greece, prompting Athens to increase border security amid clashes between Greek riot police and migrants.
A total of 963 people had been prevented from illegally crossing into Greece between 6 a.m. on Monday and 6 a.m. on Tuesday, with 52 of them arrested, Kathimerini quoted Greek officials as saying.
Greek security forces say they have stopped some 42,000 people from trying to enter Greek territory since the migrants flocked to the border from all over Turkey after Erdoğan’s decision on Feb. 28 to open the border, it said.
Greece is set to receive help in guarding its border with Turkey from Poland and Austria, which agreed to send dozens of policemen to the country amid the migrant wave.