Three Sri Lankans were among a group of 50 migrants

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Three Sri Lankans were among a group of 50 migrants who were rescued by the Greek police after they were allegedly held hostage near the northern city of Thessaloniki by a group of Pakistani men who were attempting to extort money from their families.

Police stated that many of the migrants, including five children, were in very poor physical condition, as it appeared they had been given minimal food and water for a lengthy period of time. One of the victims was hospitalized with pneumonia and dehydration, the infomigrants website reported.

 The migrants were being held in abandoned buildings east of Thessaloniki. The majority, 38, were from Pakistan, 10 were from Bangladesh and three from Sri Lanka. Police said they were alerted by relatives who had received requests for money in order for them to be released, and added that they had arrested two Pakistani men on charges including abduction and blackmail.

The migrant crisis has intensified with an increasing number of migrants who try to reach Greece through the Evros river rather than by landing on the northern Aegean islands. Amid the recent spike in refugee arrivals, migration policy minister Dimitris Vitsas has warned that ”difficult days” lie ahead