Refugee crisis: F-16s in the sky and assistance from Frontex on Greek border

ATHENS, (BM) – The Greek F-16s equipped with special night-vision equipment flew to the Athens with the task of collecting valuable information on the image of the sea area between the coasts of our islands and the coast of Turkey, with a focus on the Turkish coast, learned citing Greek news agency Pentapostagma.

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The Greek Hawks lowered the fighters to low levels even below 2000 feet to enable them to “scan” the area and transfer the full picture to the National Air Force Center.

At the same time, flying over the border was another message to the Turkish Air Force that HAF can fly anywhere in the Aegean day and night and even if it wants to without being noticed.

Meanwhile the European Frontier and Coast Guard (Frontex) has announced that it received a request last night from the Greek government to launch a swift intervention at its external borders. “We are considering how to better support Greece as quickly as possible,” he said on a Twitter post.

Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Legerier “agreed today to launch this swift intervention” to help Greece handle large numbers of migrants at its external borders, the statement said.

This mobilization “is part of Frontex’s mandate to provide assistance to a Member State facing an emergency situation and request emergency assistance with officers and equipment from all EU and Schengen Member States”, Leggeri said.

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According to its announcement, Frontex has already increased surveillance capabilities at the Greek border and redeployed its members from other companies to provide immediate assistance.

Frontex is now working closely with Greece to quickly finalize the Rapid Border Operations Operational Plan. Once agreed, Frontex will request other countries to provide border guards and other relevant personnel immediately, the statement concludes.


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