Several hundred migrants and refugees gathered at the port of Mytilini were escorted away by police on Wednesday.
Migrants and refugees could be seen waiting in long lines, queuing up with sleeping bags next to buses and being forcibly ordered to walk up a hill by police. A military ship with a Greek flag was docked at the port.
One Afghan refugee said that «All the people from the refugee... Еще people came here, because they want to go to the [EU].»
Local media reported that the Greek military ship, 'Rhodes,' will permit refugees to sleep on board as the refugee crisis worsens, following the sudden influx of refugees from Turkey, who opened borders to the EU. The ship has been brought to the port as the Moria refugee camp struggles to house 25,000 people, despite only having capacity for 3,000.
President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has announced a €700 million aid package to help Greece deal with the large-scale influx of migrants after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan effectively opened the borders. President Erdogan accused the EU of failing to keep its financial promises to Turkey in return for keeping Turkey's borders with the EU closed to refugees. The statement came after at least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in Syria's Idlib province last week.