Hundreds of migrants charged Macedonian police lines at the border with Greece today (August 21, 2015) -- with people fainting in ensuing crushes -- a day after Macedonia declared a state of emergency in the area, The Guardian website reports.
People could be heard screaming and medical workers raced to treat those who passed out or were hurt. Many of the migrants are trying to head to northern Europe's more prosperous countries.
Backed by armored vehicles, the Macedonian army had closed the border yesterday and spread razor wire over rail tracks, but today the interior ministry announced that some migrants would be allowed into Macedonia.
"A limited number of illegal migrants in vulnerable categories are allowed to enter Macedonia and they may be provided with aid in accordance with the state's capacities," the ministry said in a statement, without elaborating.