Two college students identified as members of a migrants' solidarity committee were arrested on Tuesday following charges that they prevented two hunger-striking migrants from receiving food at an Athens-area hospital.

According to a health ministry announcement, the migrants asked for food from the hospital's staff but were not served following the intervention by the two suspects, identified as two female college students. The allegation leading to the arrest was made by the director of the Erythros Stavros (Red Cross) Hospital pathology department.

They are due to face an Athens prosecutor on Wednesday.

In a later reaction, the groups supporting the hunger-striking illegal migrants called for the immediate release of the two women, while accusing the government of using "police repression" to squash the hunger strike.