Greece 'categorically' denies firing on migrants at Turkey border

By: AFP      Published: 04:00 PM, 4 Mar, 2020
Greece 'categorically' denies firing on migrants at Turkey border
Greek soldiers throw tear gas grenades as they stand on the Greek side of the Greece-Turkey border near Kastanies. AFP

Greece on Wednesday "categorically" denied claims by Turkey that it had fired live bullets against migrants on the border, with several allegedly injured and one later dying.

"I deny it categorically," Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas told reporters when asked about Turkey's allegation. "Turkey fabricates and channels fake news against our country," Petsas said. "It fabricated another piece of fake news today, concerning alleged injuries from Greek fire."

The claim was made by the Edirne governor's office earlier Wednesday. "Six men were injured after live bullets were used," the Edirne governor's office in northwestern Turkey said, adding that one of the men later died of his injuries.

Greece has accused Turkish authorities of systematically issuing misleading statements regarding the movement of asylum-seekers on the border after Ankara last week announced it would no longer block their passage to Europe. Petsas on Wednesday said that a claim by Turkey that it had allowed 100,000 people to cross the border was also false.

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