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Increased clashes at Greece-Macedonia border


More clashes and more tear gas on the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as migrants vented their frustration at being unable to cross.

A group of around 50 people tried to pull down part of the razor wire fence separating the two countries.

Macedonian police responded with tear gas and positioned themselves behind armoured vehicles to avoid being hit by stones being thrown across the fence.

Not far away, the country’s president was showing leaders from Slovenia and Croatia around a migrant transit centre.

More than 10,000 migrants and refugees have been stranded at Idomeni since Balkan countries closed their borders.

Last weekend hundreds were injured in clashes with Macedonian police. On the Greek side of the border too, police intervened to break up the crowd.

Greece has been trying to encourage refugees to go to centres elsewhere in the country and apply for asylum.


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