The five children, three women and five men, who managed to land on Lesvos, were forced to put into a raft on the pretext of taking a Covid-19 test, and then pushed back into the sea, the Aegean Boat Report, a Norwegian NGO, says.
The move to use women police officers to implement harsh anti-immigrant policies has been described as sexist by activists.
The operation comes more than a week after a fire burned down Greece's biggest migrant camp in Lesvos island, leaving thousands of refugees in need of emergency housing.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is willing to welcome "hundreds of children and their families, perhaps even thousands," Germany's top-selling Bild daily reports.
Thousands of asylum-seekers spent a fourth night sleeping in the open after successive fires destroyed a notoriously overcrowded migrant and refugee camp during a coronavirus lockdown.
EU states agreed to provide shelter to some vulnerable refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos, after the Moria refugee camp burned down from back-to-back fires this week.
Greek officials say housing must be secured for other vulnerable asylum seekers on the islands, many of whom "sleep under trees", giving the excuse to moving more than 11,200 people out of flats, hotels and camps on the mainland.
Using ciphered words such as “boogaloo” far-right groups have breached Facebook's anti-violence filters, doubling their membership and calling for militant uprisings in the US.
The two men, an Iranian and an Afghan, reported to the camp's infirmary with buckshot wounds late on Wednesday, sources at the Moria camp said.
Reporting in conflict zones was no preparation for the calamity that has hit Italy in the form of a pandemic.
What started as a series of protests turned into a genocide that the world is happy to ignore.
It was the second fire at an installation built for migrants, after a reception centre was burned down by unknown perpetrators last Monday.
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