Macedonia police tear gas refugees on Greek border

About 100 refugees spread out over about 100 metres tugging at the wire fence, but swiftly pulled back when two squads of Greek riot police moved in

Macedonia police tear gas refugees on Greek border

World Bulletin / News Desk

Macedonia police on Wednesday fired tear gas and stun grenades at refugees staging a protest at the country's border fence with Greece.

About 100 refugees spread out over about 100 metres (yards) tugging at the wire fence, but swiftly pulled back when two squads of Greek riot police moved in, the reporter said.

The Greek riot police positioned themselves between the refugees and the Macedonian fence, ending the incident.

It occurred just a few hundred metres away from Macedonia President Gjorge Ivanov, who is visiting the Gevgelija reception centre with his Croatian and Slovenian counterparts.

On Sunday, some 250 refugees were hurt when they tried to cross into Macedonia to continue their journey to northern Europe, with Macedonian riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets to push them back.

Macedonia accused Greek police of failing to intervene to prevent around 3,000 people trying to illegally enter its territory, but Athens said Skopje had used "excessive force". 

It was the latest bout of unrest at Idomeni, where thousands of refugees fleeing war, persecution and poverty in the Middle East and Asia have found themselves stranded in squalid conditions after Macedonia and other Balkan states denied them passage to Germany and other destinations in northern Europe.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Mart 2017, 20:29
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