Turkey overtakes Iran as the hardest hit Middle Eastern country by COVID-19

Chinese state-funded media CGTN, reported on Turkey surpassing Iran as the worst affected country in the Middle East: Turkey has overtaken Iran as the Middle Eastern country hardest hit by COVID-19. As the holy month of Ramadan begins this week, Ankara is implementing some measures to ease the impact from the pandemic. Earlier, we spoke … Read more Turkey overtakes Iran as the hardest hit Middle Eastern country by COVID-19

Sudden curfew announcement in Turkey sparks shopping panic

Turkey has announced a two-day curfew in its most populated areas in an attempt to try and contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. People rushed to grocery and convenience stores after the announcement. Thirty-one provinces are included in this curfew – including Istanbul and Ankara. Bakeries, hospitals, pharmacies and medical equipment manufacturers are exempt. … Read more Sudden curfew announcement in Turkey sparks shopping panic

Are Greece and Turkey putting refugees in danger? | The Stream

Thousands of people fleeing war, persecution and other imminent threats to their safety are trying to enter Greece from neighbouring Turkey after Ankara announced it would no longer stop their efforts to reach Europe – and it is inflaming long-simmering tensions between the two countries. Authorities in Greece say they have stopped more than 42,000 … Read more Are Greece and Turkey putting refugees in danger? | The Stream

Russian-Turkish troops start Syria patrols, change route along Idlib de-escalation zone

The joint missions were agreed by Moscow and Ankara as part of a package of various de-escalation measures in Idlib, after a Syrian Army offensive in the area targeting various extremist and militant groups infuriated Turkey and put the two nations on a brink of a full-blown war with each other. Russian MoD announced yesterday … Read more Russian-Turkish troops start Syria patrols, change route along Idlib de-escalation zone

‘Open the gates,’ migrants chant at Turkey-Greece border

Migrants and Greek police traded tear gas and rocks at the border with Turkey on Friday, where thousands of refugees have been encouraged by Ankara to leave for the European Union. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our … Read more ‘Open the gates,’ migrants chant at Turkey-Greece border

Door to Europe | Does Turkey want more money from EU to stop migrants?

Turkey’s border will remain open for migrants seeking to reach the EU, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says. Thousands of illegal migrants have amassed at the border with Greece, facing off with police and trying to break through. Ankara will not try to stop the refugees flowing to Europe, Erdogan told reporters Friday, as he was … Read more Door to Europe | Does Turkey want more money from EU to stop migrants?

Turkish police bolster Greek border to stop migrants’ return

Turkey has deployed 1,000 police officers to its border to prevent Greece from pushing migrants and refugees back into its territory. Tens of thousands of people have been trying to cross into Europe since Ankara opened its borders last week. But Greece does not want them. Al Jazeera’s Natasha Ghoneim reports from Edirne on the … Read more Turkish police bolster Greek border to stop migrants’ return

Not welcome | EU ‘greets’ migrants with gas

The EU is deploying additional security to its external border with Turkey, as masses of refugees make their way towards Greece. It comes after Ankara – following an intensification in fighting in Syria’s Idlib province – said it would no longer prevent displaced people from attempting to enter Europe. Greece has reacted angrily to the … Read more Not welcome | EU ‘greets’ migrants with gas

Clashes erupt on Greek-Turkish border as migrants seek entry | ITV News

Greek police have fired tear gas and stun grenades to repulse a push by migrants to cross its land border from Turkey after Ankara said the frontier with Europe was open to whoever wanted to cross. The clashes were near the village of Kastanies, along a fence that covers much of the land border not … Read more Clashes erupt on Greek-Turkish border as migrants seek entry | ITV News

Turkey-Greece border crisis: Thousands risk lives to reach EU

Ankara says more than 130,000 have left since opening its border with Bulgaria and Greece last Friday. The Greek government says only 1,500 have crossed over illegally and 26,000 have been stopped. Desperation and despair have been growing, and refugees and migrants are taking increasing risks to reach and cross the Greek border. Al Jazeera’s … Read more Turkey-Greece border crisis: Thousands risk lives to reach EU

Clashes along Greek’s borders: Ankara accuses Greece of killing two migrants

Thousands of migrants and refugees have been trying to get to Europe after Turkey said it would no longer keep them contained in the country. There have been reports of violent clashes between security forces and people trying to reach the EU via Greece’s land and sea borders. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE … Read more Clashes along Greek’s borders: Ankara accuses Greece of killing two migrants

EU pledges $800m to Greece for refugee, migrant surge

The EU has promised $800m to Greece to deal with a refugee and migrant surge from Turkey. That came after Turkey said it would allow hundreds of thousands of people to pass through. Greece and Bulgaria have stepped up security on their side of the land border with Turkey. The Greek coastguard is now actively … Read more EU pledges $800m to Greece for refugee, migrant surge

Concerns over new migrant crisis as thousands reach Greek border

Top EU diplomats headed to Turkey on Tuesday amid concern over a fresh migrant crisis, as Austria accused Ankara of trying to “blackmail” the bloc by opening its borders to thousands of refugees seeking to flee to Europe. Rights groups also slammed Turkey for using the refugees as a bargaining chip by pushing them towards … Read more Concerns over new migrant crisis as thousands reach Greek border

Greece accuses Turkey of using migrants as ‘pawns’ to pressure EU

#EU’s border agency is on high alert as over 130-thousand asylum seekers have made their way into #Greece from #Turkey. It all stems from an intensification in fighting in Syria’s Idlib province, which led Ankara to claim it can no longer accommodate the refugees and so opened its borders with the EU. Subscribe to RT! … Read more Greece accuses Turkey of using migrants as ‘pawns’ to pressure EU

‘Greece is not a bulwark’: Tensions with Turkey play out in the papers

IN THE PAPERS – Tuesday, March 3: We bring you reactions from the Greek, Turkish and European papers over tensions between Athens and Ankara over the migrant crisis. Also, ahead of Super Tuesday, how did Joe Biden engineer his extraordinary comeback in the Democratic primaries? In other news, a woman running her first marathon qualifies … Read more ‘Greece is not a bulwark’: Tensions with Turkey play out in the papers