In a new “pushback” operation intercepting boats, migrants were allegedly beaten up by the Greek Coast Guard and thrown back into the sea.
It comes amid an inquiry ordered by the European Commission on the treatment of refugees from member states such as Greece and Croatia.
A masked sailor told a group of migrants, “Get the f*** out of here, you’re not here”, before capturing Khalid Nazari and throwing him overboard many times.
With the help of some other sailors, he hauled 17 other refugees, including Khalid’s wife, his seven-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son, to the gusts of wind.
“We felt like rats,” Khalid said.
The 34-year-old from Afghanistan’s Ghazni province said he fled the country because he had converted to Christianity.
“They were all inhumane,” he said.
Two crowded inflatable rafts were picked up by the Turkish Coast Guard.
Khalid said, “For four hours we were screaming and crying, wet and shivering with cold and early morning water. My daughter was bleeding because she had broken teeth when the masked man pushed her into the canoe. It was,” Khalid said.
“We never thought we would survive. But the Turkish Coast Guard picked us up.”
However, the Greek Coast Guard has denied the incident.
A senior official told the publication: “The only thing preventing rafts from entering our waters is to remove the warnings, allowing them to pirate around our boats, from where they Arrived, returned safely.
“That’s it. No pushback. No contact. No shooting. No violent blocking.”
Greece denies the allegations
Greece’s Minister of Migration and Asylum Notice Mitarachis said: “We strongly deny these allegations.
“The Greek borders are the borders of the European Union and we operate within international and European law to protect them.
“Illegal sea crossings are highly dangerous and must be stopped according to the 2016 Joint Statement, which the EU needs to ensure is properly implemented.
“Europe remains the target of criminal gangs that are exploiting people who wish to enter the EU illegally. We thank you for our continued focus on breaking these human trafficking operations and protecting Europe’s border. No one apologizes.”
The number of Afghans entering Greece has increased dramatically since the Taliban took control of Kabul.
Meanwhile, according to Der Spiegel, there have been several pushbacks that violate the international right to claim asylum along the borders of Greece, Croatia and Romania.
Investigation into ‘misuse of EU funds’
EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson has ordered an investigation into reports of violence against asylum seekers as well as “evidence of misuse of EU funds”. Wire.
She said she was “extremely concerned” by reports when footage showed Croatian police wearing black balaclavas beating migrants with batons.
“Some of these reports are shocking,” she said.
It comes a week after it was reported that French police had fired rubber bullets to prevent migrants from crossing into the UK.
French authorities launched an investigation after last Friday’s shooting incident in Dunkirk.
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