A migrant woman was found dead after gunfire broke out as she and others tried to cross into Greece from Turkey by boat, Greek police said
The incident occurred on Saturday night on the Evros River, about 67 kilometers (41 miles) northeast of the Greek city of Alexandroupolis, police said.
The woman was believed to be on board a boat carrying migrants trying to enter Greece from Turkey and ignored warnings from the Greek side to turn around.
“Last night a group of 10 people was found trying to cross by boat into Greek territory from the Soufli area,” a police spokesman in the East Macedonia-Thrace region told AFP.
“The Greek police signaled them to stop, but they did not obey. Shots were heard from the Turkish side. Greek border guards fired into the air to protect themselves,” the spokesman said.
“Greek border guards found four migrant men swimming on land and one woman floating in the water who appeared to have been shot in the back at chest height,” the spokesman said.
An investigation into the incident has been opened. There was no immediate comment on the incident from the Turkish side.
According to the Proto thema newspaper website, the woman’s wound indicates that the weapon that shot her was not one normally used by Greek or Turkish border police.
Greece is often the country of choice for immigrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East to seek a better life in the European Union.
After a large number of migrants attempted to cross the Evros River from Turkey in March 2020, Greece beefed up border patrols in the area and installed cameras, radar and a 40-kilometre (25-mile) steel fence over five meters. (16 feet) tall.