In­flux grows as Ger­many, France eye united front

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Thou­sands of mi­grants and refugees con­tin­ued to reach the shores of Greece’s eastern Aegean is­lands on their way to Western Europe, as France and Ger­many called for a uni­fied re­sponse to the mount­ing cri­sis.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice es­ti­mates, be­tween 8,500 and 9,000 refugees on the is­land of Lesvos were yesterday await­ing trans­fer to the Greek main­land. A ferry charted by the Greek gov­ern­ment – the Eleft­he­rios Venize­los – was ex­pected to pick up another 2,500 Syr­i­ans from the is­land at 2.30 this morn­ing and bring them to Athens.

“The for­eign­ers that leave the is­land ev­ery day are re­placed by the same num­ber of peo­ple ar­riv­ing from the Turk­ish coast,” Lesvos Mayor Spy­ros Gali­nos told Kathimerini.

Author­i­ties said a sec­ond ferry would be added to the route in the com­ing days.

The Hel­lenic Coast Guard yesterday re­cov­ered the bod­ies of two peo­ple who drowned af­ter the ves­sel they were trav­el­ing in cap­sized due to strong winds off the is­land’s coast. Another per­son was still miss­ing late yesterday while eight were res­cued.

Mean­while, more than 3,000 mi­grants and refugees re­mained stranded on Kos is­land. Also yesterday on Kos, a fire broke out at the derelict Cap­tain Elias ho­tel which is used as tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion by refugees.

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