Greece would on Monday conduct military exercises using real ammunition near the Evros land border with Turkey.
The exercises, set to take place at border outposts at Kipoi and Kastanies, were announced Sunday by the Fourth Army Corps, which is charged with defending the Greek-Turkish borders in Thrace and the Aegean Sea.
Tensions between Turkey and Greece at the Evros border region and in the Northern Aegean have escalated dangerously in the last two days and Athens tonight called on its EU partners to activate the FRONTEX RABIT rapid action force to guard the outer borders of the Union in response to a clear and present danger to its sovereignty posed by Turkey.
An increasing number of migrants is amassing at Greece's eastern border, abetted by neighboring Turkey, which provides buses to transport them to the area and has left its own border open.
Overnight tension continued, with some migrant throwing rocks at Greek police and the latter replying with tear gas and stun grenades.
A 42-year-old man was arrested on Greece's northeastern border with Turkey while trying to smuggle almost a dozen migrants into the country, the Hellenic Police (ELAS) said on Friday.
The suspect was reportedly crossing the Evros River in a rubber dinghy packed with 11 irregular migrants when the smuggling operation was interrupted by border police.