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Fight at the border: fire, smoke and tear gas fill the air while the Greek police fight back migrants

Fire, smoke and tear gas have risen today across the border between Greece and Turkey while the police are fighting migrants back after Ankara has opened the gateway to Europe.

Migrants, mostly Middle Eastern and African men, were thrown back with tear gas on Wednesday morning and threw fences near the village of Kastanies.

Heavily armored riot police rushed to guard the land border after the EU promised yesterday that it would “keep the line” and promised £ 610 million to help Greece.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made up for his threat to open the Turkish border where days of collisions and deadly chaos have arisen at the land border. Greek authorities said yesterday that they had stopped 24,000 people from crossing.

This morning the migrants resumed their efforts, shot in the leg with at least one man as his group tried to make its way through the barbed wire fence. The group then threw stones at the Greek police, who responded with tear gas shells. Various Turkish ambulances arrived on the spot.

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A tear gas bus flies up to the barbed wire fence on the Greek-Turkish border in Kastanies, Greece, while hundreds of Middle East and Africans gathered at the border and hurled rocks at officers

A tear gas bus flies up to the barbed wire fence on the Greek-Turkish border in Kastanies, Greece, while hundreds of Middle East and Africans gathered at the border and hurled rocks at officers

Migrant men, most of them from the Middle East and Africa, gather at the barbed wire fence, swing rocks at the Greek riot police on the other side in helmets and hold shields on the northwestern border of Turkey near Edirne

Migrant men, most of them from the Middle East and Africa, gather at the barbed wire fence, swing rocks at the Greek riot police on the other side in helmets and hold shields on the northwestern border of Turkey near Edirne

Migrant men, most of them from the Middle East and Africa, gather at the barbed wire fence, swing rocks at the Greek riot police on the other side in helmets and hold shields on the northwestern border of Turkey near Edirne

Tear gas fills the air this morning as migrants hurried to hurl the buses back over the fence to Greek security forces. President Erdogan has opened the land border, proving his threat through an alleged lack of support from the EU and NATO in his own struggle with refugees from Syria

Tear gas fills the air this morning as migrants hurried to hurl the buses back over the fence to Greek security forces. President Erdogan has opened the land border, proving his threat through an alleged lack of support from the EU and NATO in his own struggle with refugees from Syria

Tear gas fills the air this morning as migrants hurried to hurl the buses back over the fence to Greek security forces. President Erdogan has opened the land border, proving his threat through an alleged lack of support from the EU and NATO in his own struggle with refugees from Syria

Soldiers keep watch while tear gas is fired at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies, while smoke paths from tear gas barrels fly through the air

Soldiers keep watch while tear gas is fired at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies, while smoke paths from tear gas barrels fly through the air

Soldiers keep watch while tear gas is fired at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies, while smoke paths from tear gas barrels fly through the air

A migrant wearing a mask and holding a pair of pliers tries to cut himself through the barbed wire fence in Edirne, Turkey, amid escalating and deadly collisions with Greek troops on Wednesday morning.

A migrant wearing a mask and holding a pair of pliers tries to cut himself through the barbed wire fence in Edirne, Turkey, amid escalating and deadly collisions with Greek troops on Wednesday morning.

A migrant wearing a mask and holding a pair of pliers tries to cut himself through the barbed wire fence in Edirne, Turkey, amid escalating and deadly collisions with Greek troops on Wednesday morning.

Migrants, mostly Middle Eastern and African men, were hurled tear gas over the barbed wire fence on Wednesday morning to riot police, while the border crisis continued

Migrants, mostly Middle Eastern and African men, were hurled tear gas over the barbed wire fence on Wednesday morning to riot police, while the border crisis continued

Migrants, mostly Middle Eastern and African men, were hurled tear gas over the barbed wire fence on Wednesday morning to riot police, while the border crisis continued

Heavily armored riot police rushed to guard the land border that was not marked by the Evros River after the EU promised yesterday that it would “keep the line” and promised £ 610 million to help Greece (photo: pushing migrants to the fence despite tear gas filling the air)

Migrants, mostly men from the Middle East and Africa, are trying to get rid of a tear gas canister fired at their positions by the Greek police

Migrants, mostly men from the Middle East and Africa, are trying to get rid of a tear gas canister fired at their positions by the Greek police

Migrants, mostly men from the Middle East and Africa, are trying to get rid of a tear gas canister fired at their positions by the Greek police

Migrants collide with Greek police officers after setting fire to part of the barbed wire fence while trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil, in Edirne, Turkey

Migrants collide with Greek police officers after setting fire to part of the barbed wire fence while trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil, in Edirne, Turkey

Migrants collide with Greek police officers after setting fire to part of the barbed wire fence while trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil, in Edirne, Turkey

Greek riot police are standing in line while migrants are seen at the border at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Greek riot police are standing in line while migrants are seen at the border at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Greek riot police are standing in line while migrants are seen at the border at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Hundreds more are in rubber boats on their way to the Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast. One child then died the rubber dinghy in which he capsized earlier this week off the coast of the Greek island of Lesbos.

The government of Athens has described the situation as a direct threat to Greece’s national security and has imposed emergency measures to carry out rapid deportations and freeze asylum applications for a month. Migrants have reported that they have been summarily pushed back over the border to Turkey.

Turkey has accused the EU of ‘betrayal, hypocrisy and selfishness’ in an escalating line over the thousands of migrants trying to cross the Greek border.

Greek soldiers throw tear gas shells on March 4, 2020, while standing on the Greek side of the Greece-Turkey border near Kastanies

Greek soldiers throw tear gas shells on March 4, 2020, while standing on the Greek side of the Greece-Turkey border near Kastanies

Greek soldiers throw tear gas shells on March 4, 2020, while standing on the Greek side of the Greece-Turkey border near Kastanies

Migrants are seen at the barbed wire fence trying to break through the gate to Europe this morning, stopped by Greek officers in riot gear

Migrants are seen at the barbed wire fence trying to break through the gate to Europe this morning, stopped by Greek officers in riot gear

Migrants are seen at the barbed wire fence trying to break through the gate to Europe this morning, stopped by Greek officers in riot gear

Greek riot police are on guard and a soldier walks with a dog while migrants gather on the border at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies, Greece, on Wednesday morning

Greek riot police are on guard and a soldier walks with a dog while migrants gather on the border at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies, Greece, on Wednesday morning

Greek riot police are on guard and a soldier walks with a dog while migrants gather on the border at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies, Greece, on Wednesday morning

Greek policemen holding riot hats and wearing helmets form a line on the land border with Turkey on Wednesday morning amid rising tensions

Greek policemen holding riot hats and wearing helmets form a line on the land border with Turkey on Wednesday morning amid rising tensions

Greek policemen holding riot hats and wearing helmets form a line on the land border with Turkey on Wednesday morning amid rising tensions

Greek riot police line up while migrants are seen at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Greek riot police line up while migrants are seen at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Greek riot police line up while migrants are seen at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Migrants transport an injured man and tear gas flights in the service of Greek police as they try to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil, in Edirne, Turkey

Migrants transport an injured man and tear gas flights in the service of Greek police as they try to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil, in Edirne, Turkey

Migrants transport an injured man and tear gas flights in the service of Greek police as they try to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil, in Edirne, Turkey

The Ankara ambassador to London, Umit Yalcin, said that Europe had failed to support a 2016 party that led Turkey to agree to stop the flow of migrants.

President Erdogan left the deal last Friday in a movement that allowed tens of thousands of people to go to Greece, where the police struggled to keep them out.

Speak against Sky News, Yalcin demanded that NATO support Turkey in the Syrian conflict – for fear that the Assad regime attack in Idlib is causing a new wave of migration to Europe.

Satellite images have shown that parts of Syria are becoming uninhabitable with three million people trapped in an ever-smaller rebel enclave.

“We cannot control millions and millions of people,” the ambassador warned.

Migrants rush an injured man off the scene after the intervention of the Greek security forces while the migrants continue to wait on the border between Turkey and Greece in Edirne,

Migrants rush an injured man off the scene after the intervention of the Greek security forces while the migrants continue to wait on the border between Turkey and Greece in Edirne,

Migrants rush an injured man off the scene after the intervention of the Greek security forces while the migrants continue to wait on the border between Turkey and Greece in Edirne,

Migrants flee from tear gas in the service of Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne

Migrants flee from tear gas in the service of Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne

Migrants flee from tear gas in the service of Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne

Migrants flee from tear gas in the service of Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne

Migrants flee from tear gas in the service of Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne

Migrants flee from tear gas in the service of Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne

The Greek riot police are on guard and a soldier walks with a dog while migrants gather at the border at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies, Greece

The Greek riot police are on guard and a soldier walks with a dog while migrants gather at the border at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies, Greece

The Greek riot police are on guard and a soldier walks with a dog while migrants gather at the border at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies, Greece

A migrant walks up the border this morning while conducting skirmishes with Greek border guards firing tear gas over the barbed wire fence in Erdine, Turkey, on Wednesday morning

A migrant walks up the border this morning while conducting skirmishes with Greek border guards firing tear gas over the barbed wire fence in Erdine, Turkey, on Wednesday morning

A migrant walks up the border this morning while conducting skirmishes with Greek border guards firing tear gas over the barbed wire fence in Erdine, Turkey, on Wednesday morning

Officers watch over part of the fence where migrants gathered this morning, standing fast despite tear gas being deployed at their feet

Officers watch over part of the fence where migrants gathered this morning, standing fast despite tear gas being deployed at their feet

Officers watch over part of the fence where migrants gathered this morning, standing fast despite tear gas being deployed at their feet

Under the 2016 agreement, Turkey agreed to guard the European border in exchange for £ 4.7 billion in financial assistance.

The deal was intended to stop a repeat of the 2015 migrant crisis, with one million people crossing Europe, most of them fleeing the Syrian war.

However, Turkey now feels abandoned by the Western powers as it battles Syrian rebels against the Assad regime, and has asked NATO for help as it supports even more migrants to arrive from Syria.

Migrants collide with Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne, Turkey

Migrants collide with Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne, Turkey

Migrants collide with Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne, Turkey

Smoke waves on the horizon while riot police respond to fires on the border by migrants at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Smoke waves on the horizon while riot police respond to fires on the border by migrants at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Smoke waves on the horizon while riot police respond to fires on the border by migrants at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

A migrant with blood flowing over his face, gesturing while talking to a Turkish photographer after moving out of the violent border area this morning

A migrant with blood flowing over his face, gesturing while talking to a Turkish photographer after moving out of the violent border area this morning

A migrant with blood flowing over his face, gesturing while talking to a Turkish photographer after moving out of the violent border area this morning

Migrants launch rocks and stones over the fence this morning after the riot police were forced to use tear gas against the violent masses of men

Migrants launch rocks and stones over the fence this morning after the riot police were forced to use tear gas against the violent masses of men

Migrants launch rocks and stones over the fence this morning after the riot police were forced to use tear gas against the violent masses of men

An injured migrant is loaded this morning on the back of an ambulance by Turkish paramedics

An injured migrant is loaded this morning on the back of an ambulance by Turkish paramedics

An injured migrant is loaded this morning on the back of an ambulance by Turkish paramedics

“We have made our promise and they have done nothing,” Ambassador Yalcin said in an interview yesterday.

“And therefore – enough is enough. We are overloaded. We cannot control millions and millions of people.

“We only ask for fair and equal division of responsibilities and burden sharing.”

However, he thanked Great Britain for a “token of solidarity and friendship” after foreign secretary Dominic Raab visited Turkey yesterday.

Raab threw an olive branch to Turkey on Tuesday at a press conference where he greeted the country as a “loyal ally in NATO.”

Migrants flee from tear gas in the service of Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne

Migrants flee from tear gas in the service of Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne

Migrants flee from tear gas in the service of Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne

Migrants collide with Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne

Migrants collide with Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne

Migrants collide with Greek police officers trying to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil in Edirne

Migrants are forming at the border this morning as they face the Greek riot police with tear gas filling the air

Migrants are forming at the border this morning as they face the Greek riot police with tear gas filling the air

Migrants are forming at the border this morning as they face the Greek riot police with tear gas filling the air

“I would like to pay tribute to Turkey’s laudable response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria,” said Mr Raab.

“For years, Turkey has been contributing to the enormous burden of supporting millions of Syrian refugees and even other displaced persons. You often felt ignored.

“The UK remains committed to supporting both Turkish host communities and Syrian refugees. We know that both groups are under constant pressure. “

Migrants are fleeing tear gas in the service of Greek police officers as they attempt to cross the Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil, in Edirne, Turkey, March 4, 2020. Thousands of refugees and migrants are gathering on the Turkish side of the border with Greece with the intention of entering the European Union after the decision of the Turkish government to relax the controls on migrant flows after the death of 33 Turkish soldiers who died in an attack in Idlib, Syria, on 27 February 2020

Migrants are fleeing tear gas in the service of Greek police officers as they attempt to cross the Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil, in Edirne, Turkey, March 4, 2020. Thousands of refugees and migrants are gathering on the Turkish side of the border with Greece with the intention of entering the European Union after the decision of the Turkish government to relax the controls on migrant flows after the death of 33 Turkish soldiers who died in an attack in Idlib, Syria, on 27 February 2020

Migrants are fleeing tear gas in the service of Greek police officers as they attempt to cross the Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil, in Edirne, Turkey, March 4, 2020. Thousands of refugees and migrants are gathering on the Turkish side of the border with Greece with the intention of entering the European Union after the decision of the Turkish government to relax the controls on migrant flows after the death of 33 Turkish soldiers who died in an attack in Idlib, Syria, on 27 February 2020

Migrants carry an injured man after intervention by the Greek security forces while the migrants continue to wait on the border between Turkey and Greece in Edirne

Migrants carry an injured man after intervention by the Greek security forces while the migrants continue to wait on the border between Turkey and Greece in Edirne

Migrants carry an injured man after intervention by the Greek security forces while the migrants continue to wait on the border between Turkey and Greece in Edirne

Greek riot police and soldiers keep watch at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Greek riot police and soldiers keep watch at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Greek riot police and soldiers keep watch at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

An injured man is removed from the scene today after his leg was wounded in skirmishes on the border between the migrants and the Greek riot police

An injured man is removed from the scene today after his leg was wounded in skirmishes on the border between the migrants and the Greek riot police

An injured man is removed from the scene today after his leg was wounded in skirmishes on the border between the migrants and the Greek riot police

Greek security forces intervene with irregular migrants while the migrants continue to wait on the border between Turkey and Greece in Edirne

Greek security forces intervene with irregular migrants while the migrants continue to wait on the border between Turkey and Greece in Edirne

Greek security forces intervene with irregular migrants while the migrants continue to wait on the border between Turkey and Greece in Edirne

Migrants skirmish with riot police at the border while tear gas canisters blow smoke into the air around them

Migrants skirmish with riot police at the border while tear gas canisters blow smoke into the air around them

Migrants skirmish with riot police at the border while tear gas canisters blow smoke into the air around them

Erdogan’s migrant gamble has been outraged by EU leaders, including Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who accused Turkey of ‘blackmailing’.

“The people are used by President Erdogan as political football, as weapons and as pressure instruments on the European Union,” he said.

Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission, has promised to “keep the line” in support of Greece and offered millions of euros to tackle the wave of migration.

Migrants transport an injured man and tear gas flights in the service of Greek police as they try to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil, in Edirne, Turkey

Migrants transport an injured man and tear gas flights in the service of Greek police as they try to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil, in Edirne, Turkey

Migrants transport an injured man and tear gas flights in the service of Greek police as they try to cross the closed Turkish-Greek border in an attempt to reach European soil, in Edirne, Turkey

Thousands of refugees and migrants are gathering on the Turkish side of the border with Greece with the intention of entering the European Union following the decision of the Turkish government to release controls on migrant flows after the death of 33 Turkish soldiers who died in an attack in Idlib

Thousands of refugees and migrants are gathering on the Turkish side of the border with Greece with the intention of entering the European Union following the decision of the Turkish government to release controls on migrant flows after the death of 33 Turkish soldiers who died in an attack in Idlib

Thousands of refugees and migrants are gathering on the Turkish side of the border with Greece with the intention of entering the European Union following the decision of the Turkish government to release controls on migrant flows after the death of 33 Turkish soldiers who died in an attack in Idlib

A group of men who carry one of their injured comrades head over rural border countries this morning when riot police were confronted with tear gas

A group of men who carry one of their injured comrades head over rural border countries this morning when riot police were confronted with tear gas

A group of men who carry one of their injured comrades head over rural border countries this morning when riot police were confronted with tear gas

Greek soldiers on the border this morning facing rows of migrants at the Pazarkule border crossing on a hazy morning near Kastanies

Greek soldiers at the border this morning facing rows of migrants at the Pazarkule border crossing on a hazy morning near Kastanies

Greek soldiers on the border this morning facing rows of migrants at the Pazarkule border crossing on a hazy morning near Kastanies

“Those who want to test the unity of Europe will be disappointed,” said von der Leyen yesterday, alongside Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

“I am fully committed to mobilizing all necessary operational support to the Greek authorities,” she said, adding that Greece acted as a “shield” for Europe.

There is a fear that the crisis will worsen because fighting in northwest Syria makes large parts of the region uninhabitable.

Greek riot police officers stand near a vehicle while migrants gather at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Greek riot police officers stand near a vehicle while migrants gather at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Greek riot police officers stand near a vehicle while migrants gather at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule, in Kastanies

Greek riot police and soldiers watch over a vehicle while migrants gather at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule

Greek riot police and soldiers watch over a vehicle while migrants gather at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule

Greek riot police and soldiers watch over a vehicle while migrants gather at the Turkish border crossing Pazarkule

Satellite images analyzed by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative showed terrible conditions in cities and camps in Idlib, where the Assad regime has been pushing a devastating offensive since December.

“In the areas investigated, the researchers estimate that nearly a third of the buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed,” said a statement issued with the report and that Harvard produced with Save the Children and World Vision.

“Because most residents of these areas fled before or during the offensive, the destruction of homes and vital civil infrastructure will make it almost impossible for families to return in the near future,” the statement added.

Migranten en vluchtelingen vechten gisteren met de oproerpolitie op het Griekse eiland Lesbos met duizenden die proberen Turkije over te steken naar de EU

Migranten en vluchtelingen vechten gisteren met de oproerpolitie op het Griekse eiland Lesbos met duizenden die proberen Turkije over te steken naar de EU

Migranten en vluchtelingen vechten gisteren met de oproerpolitie op het Griekse eiland Lesbos met duizenden die proberen Turkije over te steken naar de EU

Satellietbeelden (vergelijkbaar met deze vorig jaar) hebben aangetoond dat delen van Syrië onbewoonbaar worden met drie miljoen mensen gevangen in een steeds kleiner wordende rebellen enclave

Satellietbeelden (vergelijkbaar met deze vorig jaar) hebben aangetoond dat delen van Syrië onbewoonbaar worden met drie miljoen mensen gevangen in een steeds kleiner wordende rebellen enclave

Satellietbeelden (vergelijkbaar met deze vorig jaar) hebben aangetoond dat delen van Syrië onbewoonbaar worden met drie miljoen mensen gevangen in een steeds kleiner wordende rebellen enclave

De satellietbeelden die in het rapport zijn geanalyseerd, tonen landbouwvelden die binnen enkele maanden worden gevuld met kampen voor de ontheemden, evenals genivelleerde dorpen en steden.

Regime en geallieerde troepen ondersteund door Russische luchtaanvallen hebben sinds december aanzienlijk territorium teruggevorderd, wat een enorme uittocht teweegbracht.

Bombardementen op scholen en ziekenhuizen hebben burgers gedwongen stad na stad te ontvluchten, op weg naar de Turkse grens. Ongeveer drie miljoen mensen zitten nu vast in de steeds kleiner wordende enclave in barre omstandigheden.

Het gebied dat nog steeds wordt gecontroleerd door door Turkije gesteunde rebellen en jihadisten is ongeveer zo groot als Mallorca en is het laatste grote oppositiebastion in Syrië.

Een oproerpolitieagent schreeuwt naar een migrant terwijl de politie dinsdag een groep migranten probeert te verspreiden buiten de haven van Mytilini, Griekenland

Een oproerpolitieagent schreeuwt naar een migrant terwijl de politie dinsdag een groep migranten probeert te verspreiden buiten de haven van Mytilini, Griekenland

Een oproerpolitieagent schreeuwt naar een migrant terwijl de politie dinsdag een groep migranten probeert te verspreiden buiten de haven van Mytilini, Griekenland

Een man verwarmt zijn handen door een brand op een locatie waar vluchtelingen en migranten uit verschillende landen aan de Turkse kustlijn van de Evros-rivier wachten in afwachting van een boottocht naar Griekenland op dinsdag in Edirne, Turkije

Een man verwarmt zijn handen door een brand op een locatie waar vluchtelingen en migranten uit verschillende landen aan de Turkse kustlijn van de Evros-rivier wachten in afwachting van een boottocht naar Griekenland op dinsdag in Edirne, Turkije

Een man verwarmt zijn handen door een brand op een locatie waar vluchtelingen en migranten uit verschillende landen aan de Turkse kustlijn van de Evros-rivier wachten in afwachting van een boottocht naar Griekenland op dinsdag in Edirne, Turkije

‘In het beste geval, dat een onmiddellijk staakt-het-vuren is, zal het maanden, zo niet jaren duren om eerst de vernietigde civiele infrastructuur fysiek opnieuw op te bouwen en vervolgens het vertrouwen voor deze gemeenschappen om weer naar huis te gaan weer op te bouwen,’ zei Save the Children-woordvoerster Joelle Bassoul.

Een rapport dat maandag werd vrijgegeven door de onderzoekscommissie van de VN-Mensenrechtenraad over Syrië, suggereerde dat het regime opzettelijk de civiele infrastructuur had gericht om de bevolking weg te jagen en zijn militaire herovering te vergemakkelijken.

‘Attacks carried out by pro-government forces targeted civilian infrastructure, including specially protected objects,’ the UN commission said.

Greek police in riot gear advance to push migrants aways after minor clashes at the port of Mytilene on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece on Monday

Greek police in riot gear advance to push migrants aways after minor clashes at the port of Mytilene on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece on Monday

Greek police in riot gear advance to push migrants aways after minor clashes at the port of Mytilene on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece on Monday

A man gestures as migrants and refugees block a road outside the port of Lesbos, one of the islands which migrants are attempting to reach from Turkey

A man gestures as migrants and refugees block a road outside the port of Lesbos, one of the islands which migrants are attempting to reach from Turkey

A man gestures as migrants and refugees block a road outside the port of Lesbos, one of the islands which migrants are attempting to reach from Turkey

Migrants and refugees scuffle with riot police on the Greek Aegean island of Lesbos - with the EU vowing yesterday that it will 'hold the line' in defence of Greece

Migrants and refugees scuffle with riot police on the Greek Aegean island of Lesbos - with the EU vowing yesterday that it will 'hold the line' in defence of Greece

Migrants and refugees scuffle with riot police on the Greek Aegean island of Lesbos – with the EU vowing yesterday that it will ‘hold the line’ in defence of Greece

‘As a result, civilian areas were rendered uninhabitable,’ it added, citing the key Idlib province towns of Maaret al-Numan and Khan Sheikhun.

It said the levelling of certain towns was carried out ‘in an apparent effort to accelerate capture of strategic motorways’.

More than half of the nearly one million people displaced over the past three months are children, tens of thousands of whom are sleeping rough in the bitter cold.

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