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

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

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • 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 presidentBashar al-Assad is defecting. Riad Hijab, who was appointed PrimeMinister just two months ago, has fled to Jordan with his family, andis apparently planning to settle in Qatar. Al-Assad’s ethnic group,the Alawites, comprise 12% of the population, while Sunnis compriseabout 2/3 of the population. The continuing loss of Sunnis from hisregime further destroys his credibility, both within Syria andinternationally. VOA

Egypt vows crackdown on ‘infidels’ in massacre on Israeli border

Egypt on Monday promised to launch a crackdown on theborder that killed 16 Egyptian police. According to thestatement issued by the military:

“A terrorist group of 35 people attacked a borderguard south of Rafah Sunday evening at 7pm, right around RamadanIftar time, where 16 of our soldiers were martyred and 7 injured;three of them severely injured. The terrorist group then took overan army Armed Personnel Carrier and used it to penetrate theEgypt-Israel border where Israeli forces destroyed it.

Coinciding with the attack, elements from the Gaza Strip carriedout a mortar shell attack on the Karam Abu-Salem bordercrossing.”

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 topermanently close the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt, followingthe massacre of Egyptian policemen, thought to be the work ofterrorists from Gaza. Deposed president Hosni Mubarak always kept theRafah crossing closed, but Morsi has promised greater freedom toPalestinians in Gaza wishing to cross into Egypt, or to bring suppliesfrom Egypt back into Gaza. Morsi has ordered the Rafah crossingtemporarily closed, and now he’s going to be under severe pressure onboth sides — to reopen it as soon as possible, and to keep it closedpermanently. Al-Ahram (Cairo)

North/South split in Europe deepens

According to Markus Söder, the finance minister of Germany’sstate of Bavaria:

“An example must be made of Athens (to show) that theeurozone can show its teeth. The Germans can no longer beGreece’s paymaster … further help to Greece is like pouringwater into the desert.”

In fact, a lot of Germans are losing patience with Greece. TheEuropean Central Bank (ECB) will bail out Greece’s banks this month,but all bets are off for September. It all depends on whether PrimeMinister Antonis Samaras can push through more far-reaching austerityreforms. 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 inAthens in a massive deportation drive to combat what a governmentofficial compared to a prehistoric invasion. Most were only brieflydetained, but about 1,600 were arrested for illegally entering Greece.Some 100,000 illegal immigrants are estimated to slip into Greeceevery year, mostly from neighboring Turkey, and up to a million arebelieved to live in Greece, which has an official population of about10 million. CS Monitor

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