Humanitarian group blasts Greece over treatment of asylum-seekers on eastern island

Migrants arrive with a dinghy accompanied by a Frontex vessel at the village of Skala Sikaminias, on the Greek island of Lesvos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey, on February 28, 2020. [AP]

A prominent humanitarian group on Thursday blasted Greece over its treatment of asylum-seekers on the island of Lesvos, repeating allegations of illegal deportations back to Turkey and claiming authorities are using hunger as a weapon against some migrants.

Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, said in a statement that the situation for asylum-seekers on the eastern Aegean Sea island is "continuously deteriorating."

"Many people there have been exposed to violence and have alleged abductions by unidentified masked people, pushbacks that forced them out of Greece, arbitrary detentions, and deprivation of food and shelter," it said.

The Greek government has ordered an investigation into claims that a group of migrants was illegally deported from Lesvos back to Turkey. Last week's New York Times report claimed that the migrants were taken onto...

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