تهريب اللاجئين السوريين وقصة ام الطفلين الغريقين واختهما الكندية

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2019.06.18 23:36

 

 

SMUGGLER REVEALS THE SECRETS OF THE DARK TRADE 

Smuggling boat captains today blamed European efforts to slam the door shut on Syrian refugees for the sickening scenes of dead children washed up on Turkish beaches.

He said boat captains, like him, had stopped taking migrants across the Mediterranean because Turkish and Greek coastguards had stepped up patrols and if they are caught they face prison sentences.

This, he explained, had led the migrants into the hands of more unscrupulous people traffickers who would put families into flimsy inflatable boats instead – making the journey much more dangerous.

The route between Bodrum and Kos is one of the shortest from Turkey to the Greek islands and thousands of people are boarding rubber dinghies and attempting the perilous sea crossing despite the risks

With no hint of irony or guilt, one told MailOnline: ‘It is impossible to help these people safely. No boat captain will pilot these people to Kos now – the risk is just too great.

The captain, who asked not to be named, has his own boat offering day cruises and fishing charters to tourists.

Over the last few years we’ve had many requests to take refugees over to Kos, explained the skipper. 

These are desperate people looking for a better future for their families. There is no hope of any kind of life under those barbarians, he said – referring to the Islamic State that now controls large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

If you are unlucky enough to be near the caliphate you should snatch up your family and run for your lives, the captain said. 

I have spoken to many people who have fled Syria and their stories are so shocking it’s almost unbelievable.

But while the rest of the world twiddle their thumbs to find a solution to the escalating crisis in Syria, the exodus has turned into a stampede.

We have always run routes across to Greece, the captain said. But in the last two years it has become crazy. Thousands of people are turning up every day.

Unfortunately as the numbers increased so has the publicity both here and in Greece. The waters are constantly patrolled by coastguard and lifeboats from both countries.

It’s not so bad for the refugees – if they get picked up by the Greeks they claim asylum. If they’re turned back by the Turks they just bide their time and try again.

It’s completely different for the captains. If we get stopped in Turkey our boats are confiscated and we can face six months in jail.

If we’re stopped by the Greeks they take it even more seriously and many of my friends have been jailed for five years in Greece for people trafficking.

It’s become too big a risk. We aren’t the ones that make the big money. It’s just not worth it anymore.

Thousands of people are risking their lives to cross the sea and the evidence can be seen on the beach where the bodies of the two brothers washed up

The captain added: Most Syrians can’t swim and yet now the organisers are simply picking a couple of the refugees and putting them in charge of these inflatable boats.

They have no knowledge of tides or currents. They don’t know how to control the boats or even how many one boat should hold and so it’s no surprise that so many are capsizing.

There are no controls, no safety checks. Those little boys yesterday weren’t even wearing life jackets. They had no hope.

The captain explained that it was mainly Syrian-run gangs that now operate the routes to Greece.

They are buying up boats everywhere and anywhere. The cheaper the better because they know it’s a one way trip. 

They’ve run out of boats locally and are now making daily trips along the coast – even as far as Marmaris, 75 miles away, to find old and cheap boats to buy.

Many are just buying inflatable dinghys with a tiny four horse-power engine on the back.

They board the refugees at night inland because once they’re on board and in the open water it’s less likely the Turks will stop them because they threaten to capsize themselves - they’re that desperate to reach Europe.

The inlets are much calmer and easier to manoeuvre but once on board the organisers simply give them a two minute lesson on operating the boat and disappear. 

As soon as they reach the open water the problems start. They have no idea how to counter waves and are often tipped out within minutes of reaching the coast.

Even if they can manage to struggle back on board it’s unlikely the engine will start again – even if they knew how to do it. It is a disaster waiting to happen and it’s happening every night.

Until Europe comes up with a better plan you can expect to see many more babies drowning.

The dead are among the 2,500 people who have already lost their lives this year while fleeing violence, oppression and poverty and trying to reach Europe by sea.

The route between Bodrum and Kos is one of the shortest from Turkey to the Greek islands. Thousands are attempting the perilous sea crossing despite the risks.

Elsewhere in Europe, hundreds of desperate migrants poured into Budapests main railway station this morning after Hungarian police withdrew following a two-day standoff, triggering chaotic scenes.

Crowds stormed a stationary train, cramming children through open windows in the belief they might travel west to Austria and Germany. 

Hungarys main railway operator, however, said there would be no direct trains leaving for western Europe today.

Grieving Zeynep Abbas Hadi, another mother who lost two of her three children, was tended to by hospital staff

Zeynep Abbas Hadis surviving daughter Rowad comforts her outside Bodrum state hospital following the death of two of her children

Perilous trip: Although only 13 miles from Bodrum, Turkey, to the Greek island Kos, it is still a dangerous trip

ISLAMIC STATE THREAT TO KOBANE 

Islamic State fighters battled for four months to seize Kobane, Syria, in last year, but Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes seized back control in January in a symbolic defeat for the jihadists.

However, Kurds have been fleeing the city, often making treacherous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea to make it to mainland Europe.

In June, ISIS fighters attacked their city, detonating a suicide bomb and battling Kurdish forces in the streets.

Civilians and Kurdish fighters were killed as the terror group attacked the town on three sides after reportedly coming across the border from Turkey.

Attention please, on Track 8 the train does not depart. Please get off the train, the station said over the loudspeakers.

There was no immediate word about why the police withdrew.

More than 2,000 migrants, many of them refugees from conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, had been camped in front of the Keleti Railway Terminus, closed to them by authorities saying European Union rules bar travel by those without valid documents.

And Greeces coast guard said today it has rescued hundreds of migrants at sea as they attempted to reach Greek islands clandestinely from the nearby Turkish coast.

It picked up 751 people in 19 incidents between yesterday morning and this morning off the coasts of the islands of Lesbos, Samos, Agathonissi, Farmakonissi, Kalymnos and Symi.

Scuffles: A migrant punches fellow refugees who try to drag him back off the train after he clambered on board

Carried away: A migrant boy is lifted through the window off a stationary train at the crisis-hit Keleti train station in Budapest

 
 
 

In the Czech Republic, authorities will release 230 Syrians who have been detained in migrant centres.

The move comes a day after authorities announced they no longer intended to prevent Syrians who had already claimed asylum in Hungary from traveling via its territory to Germany.

The Czechs had previously detained Syrian migrants, as well as those from other nations, for up to 42 days. 

The new policy could allow Syrian migrants to travel more freely to Berlin because the most direct Hungarian trains to Germanys capital pass through the Czech Republic.

Police spokeswoman Katerina Rendlova says the Syrians have seven days to leave the country.

On Tuesday, tensions flared at Greeces northern border with Macedonia, where about 1,500 migrants were waiting to cross.

Fights and scuffles broke out near the Greek village of Idomeni after migrants, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, attempted to rush past Macedonian border police. 

 
 
 

Loud chants of freedom, freedom filled the streets outside the station, as several hundred migrants engaged in tense stand-offs with police

Migrants have taken cover in the underground passage near to the station as they wait to find out their fate

Germany, France and the UK have called for a meeting of EU interior and justice ministers in mid-September to work out new responses to the crisis. 

While Germany says it expects to receive 800,000 migrants - quadruple last years figure - many other EU nations face criticism for failing to commit to housing more asylum seekers. 

In comparison, Britain received 25,771 asylum applications in the year ending June 2015, according to the Home Office. 

David Cameron today faced intense pressure to show compassion and drop his opposition to Britain accepting more refugees as European leaders struggled to contain the crisis on the continent.

The Prime Minister insists that the answer to the problem is not offering refuge to desperate migrants fleeing north Africa.  

Migrants pictured aboard a Norwegian ship transporting people to the Italian Port of Cagliari yesterday

Migrants arrive at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece after travelling in passenger ship from Lesbos

Migrants wait to disembark from the British Border Force vessel HMC Protector in the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo, Italy

In a dramatic escalation of the crisis, EU leaders last night abandoned the continents commitment to unchecked travel and reintroduced border controls. 

With international pressure on the UK to share the burden, Conservative MPs, peers and donors called publicly called on Mr Cameron to offer sanctuary to not hundreds but thousands of refugees. 

Mr Cameron has also been warned his hopes of overhauling the European Union will be blocked if Britain refuses to accept more refugees from north Africa.

Austria and Germany - key allies in the Prime Ministers push for change in Brussels - have condemned the UK for not opening the doors to asylum seekers.

They warned Mr Cameron that solidarity is not a one-way street and said his hopes of renegotiating EU membership will be scuppered if he behaves like Britain is out of the club. 

 
 
 

Syrian refugees climb down a steep embankment to a railroad track that will lead them to a crossing on the Greek-Macedonian border

A baby cries as he is held by a man walking down a steep track towards the Macedonian border where their papers will be processed

A Syrian migrant carries his daughter as he walks to a railroad track in Idomeni that will lead the group to the Greece-Macedonia border

A line of migrants clutch onto a cable for stability as they climb down a dangerously steep embankment to a line of railroad tracks 

 

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