Istanbul (dpa) - Rumors about the opening of borders for refugees to Europe have set migrants in Turkey in motion. For example, the DHA news agency reported about 300 people who had made their way towards a border crossing in Edirne.
The province borders both Greece and Bulgaria. Others would come together in the province of Canakkale near Ayvacik to get to the Greek island of Lesbos and thus to the EU by boat.
The state news agency Anadolu reported that migrants were gathering in the cities of Izmir, Mugla and Canakkale for the journey to the EU. Some rubber boats would have brought in Mugla. Refugees regularly try to take boats from Turkey to Greece.
According to media, people in Istanbul came together in the Zeytinburnu district, among others, to take shared taxis and buses to Edirne or to coastal towns. On CNN Türk you could hear a man from a transport company who attracted people with the slogan "Here is the door to Europe". The TRT broadcaster showed scenes of migrants standing on a beach at dawn or walking across fields. The images could not be verified immediately.
There was no official confirmation of the supposedly "open borders". Observers initially considered the reports, which were mainly launched by media close to the government, as a means of building up pressure and getting help for the situation in Idyrib in northern Syria.
Officials said earlier that at least 33 Turkish soldiers had been killed in a Syrian airstrike in Idlib on Friday night. In the last rebel stronghold, the Syrian military is advancing with the help of the protective power Russia. Turkey, which supports Islamist rebels in the conflict, has observation posts there. Among other things, she tries to achieve a ceasefire. Hundreds of thousands are also fleeing from Syrian and Russian attacks towards the Turkish border. This had raised concerns in Turkey, which already has millions of refugees.
Erdogan had warned on several occasions that his country would "not be able to shoulder a new influx of refugees alone" and "all European countries would feel the negative consequences".