Thousands of migrants rush Turkey’s borders attempting to reach EU

Migrants gather between Pazarkule border gate, Edirne, Turkey, and Kastanies border gate, Evros, as they try to enter Greece, on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

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UPDATED 1:00 PM PT — Saturday, February 29, 2020

Large numbers of migrants rushed border checkpoints in Turkey on Saturday in an effort to reach European Union countries.

Turkey’s move to let refugees enter Europe through its borders allegedly violated a 2016 deal it reached with the EU. According to the deal, Turkey agreed to harbor migrants in exchange for roughly $6 billion in funding for housing, education and humanitarian relief projects.

The country has reportedly played host to an estimated 3.7 million refugees from Syria and other countries.

“Yesterday, an organized, mass and illegal attempt to violate Greece’s border took place and Greece resisted it, protecting our and Europe’s borders,” stated government spokesperson Stelios Petsas. “More than 4,000 illegal crossing attempts were thwarted.”

Greek Army and Police guard the border gate in Kastanies village as migrants try to enter Greece from the Pazarkule border gate, Edirne, Turkey, at the Greek-Turkish border Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

Greek authorities have prevented thousands of migrant crossings, which they claimed have no relation to the Syrian conflict in Idlib.

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Migrants gather between Pazarkule border gate, Edirne, Turkey, and Kastanies border gate, Evros region, as they try to enter Greece, on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

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