Activists helping migrants in distress in the Aegean Sea have been adrift off the island of Lesvos for a week after agitators opposed to their work refused to let their ship dock, they said on Monday.
Activists on board the Mare Liberum said the vessel was prevented from docking in Lesvos on two occasions.
Athens was faced on Thursday with an apparent attempt by Ankara to stoke tensions at the Greek-Turkish land border after Turkey said it was deploying 1,000 officers of its elite police units to stop the return of migrants into its territory as Turkish officials continued with inflammatory rhetoric against their Greek counterparts.
Unknown assailants on Sunday set fire on a migrant camp at a makeshift reception area for asylum-seekers at Skala Sykamias on the northern coast of Lesvos island in the eastern Aegean.
The Stage 2 transit camp had been set up by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to temporarily host asylum seekers landing on the island, before their transfer to the Moria hotspot.