The Bulgarian government on Monday opened one of its dams along the Evros River to raise the river’s water level in an attempt to stop migrants who are trying to cross the Greek-Turkish border.
The Ivaylovgrad Dam was opened at Greece’s request. The operation was successful in raising the river’s water level, the Greek Reporter reports.
Bulgaria’s action took place as the standoff between migrants, who were recently granted permission to cross Turkish territory to enter Greece – and hence Europe – by the Turkish government, and Greek security personnel continues. The number of migrants – most of whom are fighting-aged men – currently trying to cross illegally into Greece via the Evros River has been estimated as being in the thousands.
The Turkish regime has become increasingly belligerent as this border conflict has unfolded over the past weeks.
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