Asylum seekers ‘attempt to dismantle fence’ at Greek Idomeni camp, get teargassed (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)


10 Apr 2016

Asylum seekers ‘attempt to dismantle fence’ at Greek Idomeni camp, get teargassed (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Police have deployed tear gas against asylum seekers at the Idomeni refugee camp in Greece, on the border with Macedonia, local media have reported, adding that injuries are feared.

According to the Greek newspaper Antenna, a group of asylum seekers attempted to cross the border and enter Macedonia, with Macedonian police then responding with tear gas and stun grenades.

The paper said several people have been injured, but has provided no further details.

Numerous photos and videos on social media show scores of refugees running from canisters thrown by officers in riot gear.

According to some reports, asylum seekers are throwing stones at police.

According to Greek media, the unrest started after a brochure was released in Arabic that called on the refugees in Idomeni to gather at the border and attempt to cross it.

“It is not an organized attempt to cross the border, there were just about 150 to 200 people," police authorities told local media.

A Reuters witness estimated there were 500 people attempting to cross the border.

In March, the EU reached a deal with Ankara which will see all illegal migrants reaching Greece from Turkey sent back. In return, the EU will take in thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey.

The EU continues to face the biggest refugee crisis since 1945. More than one million asylum seekers entered Europe in 2015, most of them from Syria, where a civil war has taken the lives of 250,000 people and displaced 12 million since 2011, according to UN figures.

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News Source: RTNews, 9jaTales

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