Status: March 19, 2021 8:16 p.m.
Turkey has made serious allegations against the Greek coast guard. She is said to have tied up refugees and threw them into the sea. At least three people are said to have died. The Greek coast guard speaks of fake news.
Turkey blames the Greek coast guard for the deaths of at least three refugees in the Aegean Sea. According to the Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, the Greek officials arrested a total of seven migrants, beat them, put them in plastic handcuffs and drove them into the sea without a lifeboat or life jackets. Soylu reported on Twitter that all belongings had been taken from them beforehand.
Greek Coast Guard rejects the allegations
According to the Turkish coast guard, the incident is said to have taken place off Izmir in the Aegean Sea last night. On her page she published a video that is said to come from the rescue operation. It also shows an interview with one of the survivors in the hospital. He says that they crossed over to the Greek Aegean island of Chios. Their cell phones were taken from them. After two days they were beaten, gagged and thrown into the sea by soldiers.
The Greek Coast Guard categorically denied the allegations. The coast guard said it was fake news. There was no such incident – the allegations were “part of the ongoing efforts by the Turkish side to damage the image of Greece through a campaign of misinformation and false news,” the statement said.
There have been allegations of pushbacks by the Greek coast guard in the Aegean for months. The European border protection agency Frontex is said to have been involved in this. An internal report could not completely dispel the allegations against Frontex.
With information from Karin Senz, ARD-Studio Istanbul
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Karin Senz, ARD Istanbul, March 19, 2021 5:13 p.m.