Around 2000 migrants walked towards the Turkey-Greek border, on Sunday, after Turkey decided to open its gates to Europe. Turkey said that it could no longer take care of the refugees from war-torn Syria. Last week, in an airstrike in northwest Syria 33 Turkish soldiers were killed and more than 30 were wounded. After the incident Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched reprisal attacks against Syrian regime forces, pressurizing Europe over the conflict.
On Sunday morning, around a 2000 people group including Afghans, Syrians and Iraqis arrived from Istanbul and walked through a field towards the Pazarkule gate. According to reports, thousands of people who were already at the border had spent a night in freezing temperatures and lit fires to warm themselves up.
Clashes occurred on the other side of the border earlier the day after the Greeks refused to let the migrants cross. The migrants threw stones at a Greek police car. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu wrote on twitter, 76,358 migrants had left Turkey by Sunday morning via Edirne province where Pazarkule is located. Edirne borders Greece and Bulgaria towards northwest Turkey.
Near about 3.6 million Syrian refugees are there in Turkey while the number of Afghans entering Turkey has increased. Late Saturday, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said around 13,000 migrants gathered along the Turkish-Greek border.
In 2019, more than 200,000 Afghans were captured in Turkey which is two times in number from more than 100,000 in 2018, as per official figures. On Saturday the Turkish President said that Turkey had “opened the doors” and did not plan to close them because “the European Union should keep its promises”. He was referring to the 2016 deal with Brussels to stop the flow of refugees in exchange for billions of euros.