Greek authorities say 70 migrants found in northern forest

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Associated Press

Authorities in Greece say they have picked up about 70 migrants, including children, found in a forested area on the outskirts of the northern city of Thessaloniki.

Migrants stand behind a fence at the Nizip refugee camp in Gaziantep province, southeastern Turkey, Saturday, April 23, 2016.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top European Union officials, under pressure to reassess a migrant deportation deal with Turkey, are traveling close to Turkey's border with Syria on Saturday in a bid to bolster the troubled agreement.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Migrants stand behind a fence at the Nizip refugee camp in southeastern Turkey.

Source: Associated Press

The group, who said they were from Syria, told police they had crossed the Greek-Turkish border and had been transported to the area hidden in a truck. The truck driver left them in the forest and they spent the night there in the snow. Temperatures have plunged below freezing in the past two days across the country.

Under a European Union-Turkey agreement reached in March, migrants and refugees arriving on Greek islands from Turkey face deportation back to Turkey. The agreement, however, doesn't extend to those crossing the land border between the two countries.

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