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The Sun Newspaper questions the safety of North Aegean islands

Posted by moodhacker on October 19, 2016 at 3:10 PM



 

A total of 273 migrants and refugees arrived on the Greek islands in the past  days from Friday October 14  to Tuesday October 19,  morning. Of them, 158 reached the coasts of Samos, 111 arrived on Lesvos and only four landed on the island of Chios.

 

According to police, the number of migrants who have sought asylum and are stranded on the Aegean islands reached 11,372 on Tuesday with 5,324 on Lesvos, 4,126 on Chios and 1,922 on Samos.


The ancient city of Athens, the historical Lesbos and the party island of Kos have seen millions of holidaymakers over the past few years but how dangerous are they now? asks british newspaper The Sun , in a recent article

 

Athens and terror 

Athens recently suffered a bomb attack on October 12 and while there were no injuries, it highlights the turmoil the country is in

Last week there was a bomb explosion in central Athens, Exarxeia, on 12 October and while there were no injuries reported, there was damage to buildings and cars.


 the Sun

A warning was given 25 minutes before the explosion, allowing police to evacuate the area.

 


But Greece has been experiencing civil unrest due to economic and political over the past few years and there have been a number of demonstrations since.

 


These primarily take place in Athens, in particular Syntagma and Omonia Squares and because of these tourists have been warned there is some risk to their security.

 

And if you are going to travel to Greece Gov.co.uk has advised holidaymakers to “avoid all demonstrations and follow the advice given by local security authorities”.

 

What is the latest advice on travelling to Lesbos, Kos and other islands?

 

According to the site: “There has been a dramatic increase in the number of migrants and refugees arriving on Greek islands.

 


“The British Embassy is keeping the situation under review, but at present there are no reports of any specific risks to British nationals visiting these islands or at border crossing points.”

 


The British Embassy say the situation is under review but UK tourists are warned that they should be cautious of travelling to Greece or the islands

However, the Greek authorities have enhanced border security but if you do experience any issues, emergency services number in Greece is 112.

 


And if you ring 999 on a UK mobile you will instantly be transferred to the Greek emergency services.

Categories: Travel to Greece News , Your Safety in Greece , Greece and Neighbors

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