Greece border security officers have been digging a trench along the Turkish border and putting up fences along the Evros River, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on March 10.
Greek authorities are reportedly digging a trench behind the sand bags they’ve placed parallel to the border fence which migrants have been trying to penetrate since Turkey’s Feb. 28 decision to allow crossings to Europe.
Greek police were also seen putting up fences along the Evros River, a relatively safer method of crossing to Europe for migrants at the border.
Migrants at the Turkish-Greek border have been exposed to tear gas and plastic bullets from both sides, and have reported violent treatment at the hand of Greek police, with one migrant dying after being shot with a live bullet.
Ankara and Greece have been in a conflict over Turkey’s controversial immigration policy. Both sides claim that the other has violated a 2016 European Union treaty that put Turkey in a position to host migrants.