Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hundreds of Migrants in Idomeni,Greece Injured; Clash with FYROM Police in Scaling Border Fence

Hundreds of migrants in the northern Greek town of Idomeni -- which borders the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) -- were injured today (April 10, 2016) after they were stopped from scaling the border fence by FYROM police, with whom they clashed, according to the Yahoo News website.

FYROM police used tear gas, stun grenades, plastic bullets, and a water cannon to repel the migrants, many of whom responded by throwing rocks over the fence at police. Greek police observed from their side of the frontier but did not intervene.

More than 50,000 refugees and migrants have been stranded in Greece after Balkan countries closed their borders to the massive flow of refugees pouring into Europe. Around 11,000 remain camped out at the border with FYROM, ignoring instructions from the government to move to organized shelters as they hold out hope to reach Western Europe.

Clashes continued in the afternoon as migrant groups tried to overwhelm FYROM border security. The increasing use of tear gas reached families in their nearby tents in Idomeni's makeshift camp. Many camp dwellers -- mostly women and children -- fled into farm fields to escape the painful gas.

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