World View: Greece Detains 6,000 People to Deport Illegal Immigrants

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  • Syria's Prime Minister defects to the opposition
  • Egypt vows crackdown on 'infidels' in massacre on Israeli border
  • Egypt closes the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt
  • North/South split in Europe deepens
  • Greece detains 6,000 people in massive operation to deport illegal immigrants

Syria's Prime Minister defects to the opposition

Riad Hijab
Riad Hijab



Another high profile Sunni official in the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad is defecting. Riad Hijab, who was appointed Prime Minister just two months ago, has fled to Jordan with his family, and is apparently planning to settle in Qatar. Al-Assad's ethnic group, the Alawites, comprise 12% of the population, while Sunnis comprise about 2/3 of the population. The continuing loss of Sunnis from his regime further destroys his credibility, both within Syria and internationally. VOA

Egypt vows crackdown on 'infidels' in massacre on Israeli border

Egypt on Monday promised to launch a crackdown on the "infidels" responsible for a massacre on the Egypt/Israel border that killed 16 Egyptian police. According to the statement issued by the military:

"A terrorist group of 35 people attacked a border guard south of Rafah Sunday evening at 7pm, right around Ramadan Iftar time, where 16 of our soldiers were martyred and 7 injured; three of them severely injured. The terrorist group then took over an army Armed Personnel Carrier and used it to penetrate the Egypt-Israel border where Israeli forces destroyed it.

Coinciding with the attack, elements from the Gaza Strip carried out a mortar shell attack on the Karam Abu-Salem border crossing."


It's believed that attack was perpetrated by Jihadists from Gaza, although Hamas denies any involvement. Reuters and Al-Ahram (Cairo)

Egypt closes the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt

Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi is coming under increasing pressure to permanently close the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt, following the massacre of Egyptian policemen, thought to be the work of terrorists from Gaza. Deposed president Hosni Mubarak always kept the Rafah crossing closed, but Morsi has promised greater freedom to Palestinians in Gaza wishing to cross into Egypt, or to bring supplies from Egypt back into Gaza. Morsi has ordered the Rafah crossing temporarily closed, and now he's going to be under severe pressure on both sides -- to reopen it as soon as possible, and to keep it closed permanently. Al-Ahram (Cairo)

North/South split in Europe deepens

According to Markus Söder, the finance minister of Germany's state of Bavaria:

"An example must be made of Athens (to show) that the eurozone can show its teeth. The Germans can no longer be Greece's paymaster ... further help to Greece is like pouring water into the desert."


In fact, a lot of Germans are losing patience with Greece. The European Central Bank (ECB) will bail out Greece's banks this month, but all bets are off for September. It all depends on whether Prime Minister Antonis Samaras can push through more far-reaching austerity reforms. Spiegel

Greece detains 6,000 people in massive operation to deport illegal immigrants

Greek police say that 6,000 people were detained over the weekend in Athens in a massive deportation drive to combat what a government official compared to a prehistoric invasion. Most were only briefly detained, but about 1,600 were arrested for illegally entering Greece. Some 100,000 illegal immigrants are estimated to slip into Greece every year, mostly from neighboring Turkey, and up to a million are believed to live in Greece, which has an official population of about 10 million. CS Monitor

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