EYEAFRICA TV: Ankara, TURKEY:- At least 29 irregular migrants trying to reach Europe were brutally beaten by Greek soldiers and pushed back to Turkey, according to the statement published by the Turkish Defense Ministry Saturday.
“The migrants, who were beaten with wooden sticks, were trapped on a small islet near the banks of the Meriç (Maritsa) River,” the statement said.
“Their money, phones and even their shoes were confiscated,” it added.
The migrants were stranded on a small islet near the banks of the (Maritsa) River.
“In their testimonial, the migrants reported that they were beaten and all their belongings were taken by force by the Greek authorities who then tried to forcibly send them to Turkey,” the statement said.
Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers who want to cross to Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.
The country hosts nearly 4 million refugees, including over 3.6 million Syrians, more than any other country in the world.