Migrants take buses to Greek border in hope of reaching Germany, responding to social media rumors

aa_picture_20150916_6299032_webISTANBUL – Hundreds of Syrian refugees gathered at Istanbul’s main bus station Tuesday, desperate to reach Europe as some EU states tightened their borders.

The crowds told Anadolu Agency they were responding to reports on social media that Germany would accept thousands of refugees and were waiting to buy tickets to go to Turkey’s border with Greece.

Mahmut Ali said he had decided to take his family into Europe overland after seeing reports of refugees drowning in the Aegean Sea in boats destined for Greece. He said he already had relatives in Europe.

Police were called to help local authority staff deal with the migrants.aa_picture_20150916_6299031_web

In Edirne, the province bordering Greece, 250 migrants arrived Monday night only to be urged to return by Turkish officials.

Police chief Adnan Armagan Erdogan said there was no sign that Greece was about to open its door to refugees.

Police have set up checkpoints around the provincial capital to prevent refugees reaching the city’s bus station. Some avoided the blockades by crossing fields and highways.