AYS Daily Digest: 28/04/17 Walls on top of walls

Three hospitals bombed in Idlib // EU expects to finish payments to Turkey this year // Squat evicted on Lesvos // Declaration from Dodecanese groups // Donations needed in France and Italy

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Photo by Elena Seina

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Only two days after it was announced that Turkey had completed the first phase of the projected 900-km-long wall with Syria, today Hungary told the world they have finished a second fence along the border with Serbia to prevent refugees from entering the country. Hungarian Interior Ministry State Secretary Karoly Kontrat stated that the newly completed fence was a way to defend not only Hungary but also the European Union, saying Hungary was only defending its borders and Schengen zone at the same time.

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Syria

Three hospitals were reportedly hit by Russian or Syrian air strikes, killing at least 8 people in the Idlib area yesterday. Rescue workers said one strike early on Thursday hit a hospital in Deir al-Sharqi, killing at least three medics and injuring others. The second strike hit a cave hospital in Maar Zita village in southern Idlib province where medics said at least five were killed. Save the Children also said that a maternity hospital had been damaged.

The regime and the Russians are trying to systematically target the remaining hospitals in Idlib to make life for people in liberated areas intolerable

The Syrian president and Russia deny these practices, of course, but with all the history of this conflict it seems that these war crimes will continue.

Turkey

The European Commission has said it expects to finish allocating this year all of the 3 billion euros it promised Turkey to help accommodate the nearly 3 million Syrian refugees living there and stop them from crossing to Europe. According to Senior European Commission official Myriam Ferran, two-thirds of the money has already been allocated and 1.5 billion euros worth of contracts have already been signed.

Izmir

Anadolu news agency said 35 people have been caught in western Turkey attempting to reach Europe. They were caught on a U.S.-flagged sailboat in Izmir province destined for Italy and included 18 Syrians, 16 Pakistanis and one Iranian, 10 of them children. Two Ukrainians were also arrested as smugglers.

Mediterranean

MSF Sea reported today that they had rescued 92 people from two small boats at sea. Some were weak and some fainted, but everyone was rescued safely and all of them recovered in the end.

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Greece

Lesvos

An old squat known as “the factory” was evicted at 7 o’clock this morning. All 40 refugees and 12 volunteers were arrested and taken into custody. Reports say that some of the refugees had valid documents but they were still taken into custody. Prior to eviction it was also said that someone put wire all around the squat.

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Photo by OHF Radio

Chios

There were 60 arrivals on the island today in the afternoon, including 33 children as reported by Drop in the Ocean. They have been providing solid bags with wheels to refugees so that they can take their belongings with them to their next temporary destination.

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Photo by Dråpen i Havet

Dodecanese

A series of solidarity groups that supported the vast refugee and immigrant movements held a meeting on Saturday, the 22nd of April 2017, on the island of Kos. Afterwards, the groups from Kos, Leros, Rhodes, Nissiros, Kalymnos, and Kastelorizo released this declaration:

Samos

Ten refugees have reportedly been taken from the camp this morning to be deported. All from northern Africa or the Sub-Saharan region.

Mainland

راهنمای پناهندگان Refugee.Info دليل اللاجئ has published updated information about the relocation program from Greece in various languages for refugees and volunteers.

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Photo by Dråpen i Havet
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Serbia

An increasing number of migrants and refugees are trying to leave Serbia through Croatia and Romania, fearing prolonged detention in Hungary, says UNHCR. People can apply for asylum only at the two transit zones of Roszke and Tompa, where approximately ten people per day can cross into Hungary. The new regulations also allow for the detention of all asylum seekers over 14 years old and the removal of people illegally entering the country. UNHCR also stated that some refugees are wanting to go back to Greece as there might be better chances of reaching northern Europe through there by relocation or resettlement.

France

Help Refugees has launched a fundraiser for sleeping bags for Calais:

Italy

After yesterday’s eviction of the informal camp in Rome Baobab Experience made this statement:

Yesterday, the informal camp on the east side of Tiburtina train station was cleared out. Police disposed of every single tent, blanket and sleeping bag they could find and of all migrants’ personal belongings. It’s only thanks to citizens’ solidarity and donations that activists and volunteers were able to set up a brand new camp in a few hours to guarantee, yet again, a precarious assistance to vulnerable women and men.
Institutions continue being blind to this failure to assist people in need. We can not allow this to happen and we will not remain silent.
We are here to maintain that in Rome REFUGEES ARE WELCOME and that we will stand by their side.

At the moment, the temporary camp has been set up in the parking lot of the ex hotel Africa, 500 metres away from Piazzale Spadolini. Baobab used this space a few months ago before it was evicted. Baobab also needs donations of money and sleeping bags to keep helping the 120 people who were evacuated yesterday and who are now prevented even from standing in the area, so please consider supporting them here.

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Daily news digests from the field, mainly for volunteers and refugees on the route, but also for journalists and other parties.

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