Irregular immigrants from Morocco, Afghanistan and Iran, who were rescued by Turkish soldiers on the banks of the Evros River, from where they were expelled by Greece, speak of their experiences.
According to migrants’ allegations, illegal immigrants who crossed the Evros River into Greece were arrested by Greek security forces hoping to go to Europe. Illegal immigrants who were illegally sent to Turkey were rescued from here by Turkish border forces.
The irregular immigrants, who were set on fire by Turkish soldiers and given their clothes, were subjected to a medical examination in Edirne and treated.
The illegal immigrants were then handed over to the Provincial Immigration Department for processing.
“They beat me so much that I passed out”
Amir Rashidi, 21, from Iran, told reporters that soldiers were captured after crossing into Greece.
Al-Rashidi stated that those who led them fled and said that the soldiers beat them. “They asked us where the guide would go,” Al-Rashidi said. We said we didn’t know, they just hit us harder. On the Greek side, 4-5 people beat me, they beat me so hard that I passed out. They would beat them with punches, kicks, sticks, and whatever they could get their hands on. I was unrecognizable, my eyes were swollen.” He said.
Al-Rashidi claimed that the Greek security forces took his clothes and valuables.
Expressing that they were taken to the banks of the Meriç River by vehicles and returned to Turkey, Al-Rashidi said, “They took some of us back to Turkey by boat, and threw some of us into the water in the middle of the river. They gave us clothes, took us to the hospital, and now I’m much better.” He said.
Al-Rashidi stated that she will apply to the European Court of Human Rights because of her experience.
They said they were pushed back half naked
The Moroccan Abdel Samad Jamda (21 years old) said that after they crossed into Greece with 4 people, the Greek soldiers arrested them and took their clothes and money.
“We stayed in the camp in only underwear. We were put in vehicles to bring us back later. There were about 40 people in the vehicles. They took him near the fence near the Turkish border. We put 10 people on the boats,” Gamida said, indicating that they were taken to the camp by car. There were two people each using the boats. They showed us a gun in the middle of the water and lowered it into the river. We moved to the Turkish side by our own means.” He said.
Gamida said that the Turkish soldier who saw them made a fire, helped them warm up and gave them clothes.
Zahra Itayi (19 years old) from Afghanistan reported that Greek security forces took all their valuables and sent them back to Turkey, barefoot.
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