Aegean islands

Mitsotakis’ meeting with North Aegean regional governor canceled following controversial video

A meeting between Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Kostas Moutzouris scheduled for Thursday in a bid to de-escalate tension on the islands has been canceled after a video emerged of the North Aegean regional governor criticizing the conservative prime minister while making an obscene gesture.

Fierce clashes over migrants between riot police, islanders over permanent detention centres

Police in riot gear threw teargas and fired water cannon at Greek islanders as they tried to prevent access to construction sites for new migrant detention centers by setting fires, hurling flares and blockading the gates.

Locals on Lesvos and Chios are worried that the centers, which would replace temporary camps with open access, will leave the islands permanently overcrowded.

Dendias calls for migration burden sharing in speech to UN Human Rights Council

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in a speech to the annual meeting of the UN Human Rights Council - which this year focused on the protection of children - stressed that Greece has saved the lives of thousands of refugees and migrants and has shouldered a disproportionately large share of the burden of the crisis.

Government to proceed with new island camps, despite reactions

The government is determined to move ahead with its plan to build new holding facilities for migrants and refugees as part of a plan to accelerate asylum procedures and deportations on the five islands hosting camps, its spokesman said on Tuesday, amid reactions to the scheme from island residents.

Port authority crews reportedly harassed by Turkish coast guard off Kastellorizo

The Turkish coast guard reportedly harassed vessels of the Greek port Authority and military as they prepared on Tuesday to collect migrants and refugees on board a dinghy near the islet of Strongyli off the coast of the southeastern Aegean island of Kastellorizo.

Protests in Greece over New Refugee Centers

Greek administrative officials and residents of the five Greek Aegean islands accommodating refugees and migrants have staged a protest in Athens against plans to build new camps.

Dozens of protesters from the islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos Leros and Kos gathered in front of the interior ministry, carrying placards against projects for new refugee camps.

New overflights by Turkish jets

Pairs of Turkish F-16 fighter jets flew numerous times over small islands of the eastern Aegean on Thursday, according to the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA).

Two jets flew over Farmakonisi, Arki and Lipsi at a height of 25,000 feet at 1.30 p.m., and were followed by two more that flew over Arki, Lipsi and Agathonisi at 9,000, 10,000 and 20,000 feet, respectively.