Greek riot police used tear gas and a water cannon in the morning to drive back people trying to cross its land border with Turkey. Turkish police fired volleys of tear gas back toward Greece in an ongoing standoff between Ankara and the EU over who should care for migrants and refugees. Similar clashes erupted later Friday, and fires were burning on the Turkish side of the border which Greek officials said were lit by migrants. At other times the area was calm. Thousands of refugees and other migrants have been trying to get into EU member Greece in the past week after Turkey declared that its previously guarded borders with Europe were open. Following months of threats, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week that his country, which already houses more than 3. His move alarmed EU countries, which are still enduring political fallout from a wave of mass migration five years ago. Erdogan has demanded that Europe shoulder more of the burden of caring for refugees. But the EU insists it is abiding by a deal in which it gave Turkey billions in refugee aid in return for keeping refugees on its soil.
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The number arriving in Greece from Turkey dropped dramatically after the deal took effect. The Turkish leader left without speaking to the media. Turkey hosts more than 3. He has accused the EU of not meeting its obligations under the agreement, including failing to pay money promised to Turkey to stem the flow of migrants to Europe. Earlier, a high-level Turkish official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government rules, said the sides would discuss a possible revision of the agreement. Erdogan had also been expected to raise concerns over alleged violence by Greek authorities as they push migrants back to Turkey. Greece has deployed riot police and border guards to repel people and the border area has since seen violent confrontations. On Saturday, youths threw rocks at Greek police and tried to pull down a border fence.
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