Macedonian police utilize tear gas on migrants at Greek border

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 1:22 PM

Tear gas was fired on a crowd of more than five hundred people who'd gathered at the fence at the makeshift camp of Idomeni. A Greek police source said there was tension in the area but declined to comment further.

Macedonian police used tear gas to thrust back hundreds of migrants from a border fence on Sun at a sprawling refugee camp on the Greek side of the frontier, a Reuters witness said.

Tear gas was fired on a crowd of more than five hundred people who'd gathered at the fence at the makeshift camp of Idomeni. A Greek police source said there was tension in the area but declined to comment further.

A Macedonian official who asked to stay anonymous said that a large grouping of migrants left Idomeni camp in the morning and stormed towards the fence.

"They threw rocks at the Macedonian police. The police fired tear gas in response," the official said.

"The migrants were pushing against the fence but standing on the Greek side of the border. The fence is still there, they've not broken through."

More than 10.000 migrants and refugees have been living at the sprawling tent camp in Greece since February, stranded there after a cascade of border shutdowns throughout the Balkans.

Migrants at Idomeni are demanding that the border with Macedonia be opened, but number migrants have been allowed through for weeks.

Greek authorities have been trying to convince the pop to move to reception camps, with little success.

More than a million people fleeing conflict poured into Europe mainly through Greece in the past year. The European Union is implementing an agreement below which all new arrivals to Greece will be sent back to Turkey if they don't meet asylum criteria.

(Reporting By Renee Maltezou; Extra reporting by Kole Casule and Stoyan Nenov; Writing by Michele Kambas; Editing by David Goodman)

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