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Found 92 migrants on Greek-Turkish border

Naked and bruised

17 October, 13:18
(ANSA-AFP) - ATHENS, OCT 17 - Ninety-two migrants were found almost naked and bruised after allegedly being forced across the Evros river from Turkey into Greece, Athens said Sunday, a charge fiercely denied by Ankara. EU border agency Frontex confirmed to AFP the arrival of the group in circumstances which the Greek ministry for civil protection said sent out an "inhuman image." "The Frontex officers reported that the migrants were found almost naked and some of them with visible injuries," said Paulina Bakula, spokeswoman for the organisation. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said in a tweet that it was "deeply distressed by the shocking reports and images of 92 people, who were reported to have been found at the Greek-Turkish land border, stripped of their clothes". Bakula, speaking from Frontex's Warsaw HQ, said Frontex officers worked with Greek authorities to provide the migrants -- mainly Afghans and Syrians -- with immediate assistance. She added the organisation had informed the agency's fundamental rights officer of a potential rights violation. Greek minister for civil protection Takis Theodorikakos accused Turkey of "instrumentalising illegal immigration" in the latest of a series of recriminations on migration between the neighbours.


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