Saturday 3 December 2016

Tear gas and stun grenades used against migrants scaling fence at Greek border

Published 10/04/2016 | 13:41

A migrant man carries his daughter during a protest at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
A migrant man carries his daughter during a protest at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Children play behind the fence, in a makeshift camp at Idomeni border station on the Greek side of the border with Macedonia, photographed from the Macedonian side of the border line (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
Refugee children walk along railway tracks in a makeshift camp at Idomeni border station on the Greek side of the border with Macedonia, photographed from the Macedonian side of the border line (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
Migrant boy looks through the border fence toward Macedonia, during a protest against the closed border at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
A migrant woman stands among tents at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Migransts exit through a broken fence after a protest at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

Migrants have clashed with Macedonian police after trying to scale the fence separating Greece from Macedonia in the border town of Idomeni.

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Macedonian police used tear gas and stun grenades in an attempt to keep the migrants at bay, and they responded by throwing rocks at the police. Greek media reported that plastic bullets were also used. Greek police were standing by, not interfering.

Volunteer doctors were treating several migrants with respiratory problems, Achilleas Tzemos, deputy field coordinator of Doctors Without Borders said.

The clashes began soon after some 500 of the more than 11,000 migrants stranded at a camp on the Greek side of the border responded to rumours that the border was about to open by gathering close to the fence.

A migrant boy cries as his mother washes him at the open field near their tent at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Saturday (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
A migrant boy cries as his mother washes him at the open field near their tent at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Saturday (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Migrants clash with Greek police during a protest against the closed border with Macedonia, at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Migrants clash with Greek police at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Migrants enter to Macedonia through a broken fence after a protest at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Migrants carry a wounded man in a blanket during a protest at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
A migrant man runs behind a fence during a protest at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

A delegation of five migrants asked Macedonian police whether the border was about to open. When Macedonian police denied the rumours, spread by activists since Saturday, more than a hundred migrants, including several children, tried to scale the fence.

Macedonia and other Balkan countries to its north have shut their borders, closing what was the busiest migrant route to central Europe.

The European Union has since put an end to the hopes of many migrants, saying it would only accept war refugees from Syria and Iraq as well as people from other countries who are considered in need of asylum.

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