Refugees and migrants celebrate after landing in small boats on the shores of the Greek island of Kos. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Dinghies crammed with migrants and refugees landed on the shores of the Greek island of Kos in the early hours of Wednesday (August 12). Refugees who landed at night after crossing the Aegean from Turkey were jubilant at their safe arrival, embracing one another and cheering. Between 100 and 500 migrants are landing in Kos every day, a Greek coast guard official told Reuters. Many of those arriving in Greece are fleeing violence in Syria, the conflict in Afghanistan and other war zones in hopes of travelling further to other countries in the European Union. Kos Mayor Yorgos Kyritsis earlier said the island, including the police and coast guard, was unable to cope with the influx, adding he feared "blood would be shed." A Greek police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there were plans to deploy riot police squads to the island.