Migrants break through Macedonia fence on Greek border



    Migrants break through Macedonia fence on Greek border

    Feb 29, Athens: A crowd of migrants mostly from Syria and Iraq have broken down a barbed-wire fence on the Macedonia-Greece border using a steel pole as a battering ram.

    A TV footage showed migrants pushing against the fence at Idomeni, ripping away barbed wire, as Macedonian police let off tear gas to force them away, reports said.

    A section of fence was smashed open with a metal signpost. It is not clear whether any migrants got through.

    About 7,000 people are stuck on the Greek side of the border, as Macedonia is letting very few in. Many have been camping in squalid conditions for a week or more, with little food or medical help.

    The protesters shouted "Open the border!" and threw stones at Macedonian riot police, while one group rammed the gate with the metal sign. Police responded by firing rounds of tear gas to force them back, before reinforcing the barrier, local media reports.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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