It was recently revealed by Amnesty International that Turkish troops are regularly shooting at Syrian refugees who are stranded along their border.
Andrew Gardner of Amnesty International told RT that this has been going on for years, with increasing frequency as time goes on.
“There have been many reports of incidents on the border. We collected information on this as early as 2014, when we received many reports of people being shot when they were trying to cross the border irregularly,” Gardner said.
“Now, the information we received via Syria doctors is that there are reports of two or three people being shot every day trying to cross the border irregularly,” he added.
The Turkish government has become increasingly harsh with refugees and has become increasingly militant with its own population as well.
“What the Turkish parties have told us is that they don’t know who these people are, that people could be members of armed groups, they could be smugglers,” he said.
Both Saudi Arabia and Turkey have claimed that their efforts in Syria are against ISIS, but the evidence suggests that they are more concerned with regime change than anything. In fact, it has been shown that both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are some of the biggest supporters that ISIS has.
As we reported last month, the European Union is being pressured by activists to cancel proposed legislation that would make it illegal for anyone to save a refugee from drowning. A petition opposing the legislation has already gathered thousands of supporters, and activists throughout Europe are opposing the plan.
The plan was proposed during meetings between EU ministers in Amsterdam late last month.
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