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Turkish Coast Guard Ship 'Stopped Greek Fishermen'

Allegations of harassment at sea of Greek fishermen by Turkish boats and the country's coast guard continued on Friday. It follows reports earlier this week of shots being fired at Greek fishermen off the coast of Leros. Two Greek seamen, owners...

Greek Fishermen Accuse Turkish Boats of Opening Fire off Leros Island

Greek fishermen have reported that they were fired upon by Turkish fishing boats near Kalapodi islet, 300 meters off the coast of Leros island. Two Greek seamen, owners of fishing boats, spoke to Alpha television saying that the Turkish boats...

Number of Migrants, Refugees Trapped on Greek Islands Reaches New High

A total of 17,771 migrants and refugees are in reception and registration centers as well as other structures on the five Greek islands that host asylum seekers, new data show. The new figures released by the Ministry of the Interior...

Greek Island Parents Face Sex-Abuse Charges

A couple arrested on charges of sexually abusing their 14-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son on the Greek island of Leros will face formal charges on Tuesday. The man has reportedly admitted to the crimes. Police were alerted by hospital staff when...

Mayors of Aegean Islands Send SOS over Migrant Influx

The mayors of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros on Thursday briefed a parliamentary committee on the dire situation they face after excessive migrant flows and overcrowded registration centers. Lesvos mayor Spyros Galinos told the permanent committee on public administration,...

New Surge in Refugee Arrivals on Greek Islands

Despite heightened patrols in the Aegean Sea to deter smuggling activity between Turkey and Greece, about 3,700 refugees reached Greek shores in August, and about 400 new arrivals have been recorded per week so far this month. The recent spike...

Overcrowding of Refugee Sites on Greek Islands Causing Distress

The U.N. refugee agency warns overcrowding and deteriorating conditions on Greece’s eastern Aegean islands are causing serious distress among refugees, leading to self-harm and riots in protest. UNHCR reports that refugees from Syria, Iraq and other destitute and conflict-ridden countries...

Over 600 Migrants Land on Greek Islands in 24 Hours

More than 600 migrants landed on islands of the Eastern Aegean from Monday morning until Tuesday dawn, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard. Specifically, 397 refugees and migrants landed on the Greek islands until Tuesday morning, with 225 arriving on Chios,...

Transgender Refugees Attacked in Leros; One Hospitalized

Two transgender refugees were attacked in Leros on Wednesday by people on motorcycles, the Greek Transgendered Support Association (GTSA) said in a press release on Friday. One of the two women is being treated for her injuries at the local...

Save the Children Opens School for Refugees on Leros

A new educational facility called “LEDU” was opened on the island of Leros on Thursday, aiming to help around 170 refugee children integrate smoothly in Greek schools and continue their education. The school, located in the area of Lepida, will...