Kurds: Turkish soldiers invade and occupy small patch of Greek land, install their flag and set up camp along disputed border.


Friday 22/5/2020.

Dozens of Turkish soldiers invade and occupy small patch of Greek land, install their flag and set up camp along disputed border.

Around 35 soldiers marched on to a floodplain site on the bank of the River Evros
At the camp there is a Turkish flag flying from a tree, as troops refuse to leave
It comes after thousands of Syrian refugees failed to break through into Greece
Turkish troops have invaded and occupied a small patch of Greek land Greece on their contested border.

Around 35 soldiers marched on to a floodplain site on the east bank of the River Evros at Melissokomeio yesterday.

Turkish soldiers and police special forces now have a solid presence within the Greek territory and have camped in the pocket of Apiary at Feres, reports Greek site Army Voice.

At the camp there is now a small Turkish flag flying from a tree. Troops have rejected Greek demands to withdraw.

Around 35 soldiers marched on to a floodplain site on the east bank of the River Evros at Melissokomeio yesterday. The invaded area is shaded in red +4
Around 35 soldiers marched on to a floodplain site on the east bank of the River Evros at Melissokomeio yesterday. The invaded area is shaded in red
At the camp there is now a small Turkish flag flying from a tree. Troops have rejected Greek demands to withdraw. Pictured: Greek Army soldiers patrol next to the security fence at the Greek-Turkish border in the village of Kastanies in the Evros region +4
At the camp there is now a small Turkish flag flying from a tree. Troops have rejected Greek demands to withdraw. Pictured: Greek Army soldiers patrol next to the security fence at the Greek-Turkish border in the village of Kastanies in the Evros region
It comes weeks after thousands of Syrian refugees failed to break through into Greece.

Local reports say the invasion is in response to a Greek army survey of the 1.6-hectare site as part of plans to expand the border fence which kept the refugees out.

Turkey refuses to acknowledge that some of the land on the eastern side of the Evros River still belongs to Greece, even if the river changes its natural course.

Tensions between the two countries have grown under hardline President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.