Turkey says 130,000 migrants reach EU border

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Tuesday that more than 130,000 migrants had left Turkey through Edirne, the northwestern province that borders Greece and Bulgaria.

Turkey said on Friday it would allow migrants through its crossing points to Europe following a renewed Syrian government offensive on the last rebel-held province in the country that killed 36 Turkish soldiers and led to hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing the fighting to try to seek refuge in Turkey.

Almost immediately after the Turkish decision, thousands of people began massing at the border between Turkey and Greece.

Turkey signed a deal with Europe in 2016 that aimed to cut the influx of refugees arriving in Greece. According to the deal, the EU promised to allocate 3 billion euros in aid to Turkey to help migrants, while Turkey pledged to increase security along its borders. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the EU of not keeping its side of the bargain and has repeatedly threatened to open the borders to allow the more than 3.6 million Syrians in Turkey to head to Europe.