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Greece: Authorities Fire Tear Gas and Open Fire on Refugees at Turkish-Greek Border

Clashes erupted between refugees and border officials at the Turkish-Greek border near the Greek town of Kastanies on Friday, where refugees have gathered hoping to cross into the European Union to seek asylum.

Footage shows incendiary projectiles being thrown and several fires lit along the border as tear gas and the sounds of shots rang out. Fire trucks were on site.

Refugees have been trying to cross the border in large numbers since Turkey announced Thursday, February 27 that it would no longer abide by a 2016 agreement with the EU to halt migration flows into the continent in return for aid.

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has announced a €700 million ($779 million) aid package to help Greece deal with the large-scale influx of refugees after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan effectively opened the borders.

Erdogan accused the EU of failing to keep its financial promises to Turkey in return for keeping Turkey’s borders with the EU closed to refugees and migrants. The statement came after at least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in Syria’s Idlib province last week.

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