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Macedonian Police Fire Tear Gas at Migrants



    Macedonian Police Fire Tear Gas at Migrants
    Stranded refugees and migrants break an iron fence and throw stones from the Greek side of the border as Macedonian policemen use tear gas, near the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Macedonia is restricting the entry of refugees to match the number of those leaving the country, allowing in only refugees from Syria and Iraq, in response to bottlenecks further up along the Balkans migrant route.

    Clashes between officials and migrants broke out, as police used tear gas to repel migrants and refugees who stormed the Macedonian border from Greece Monday, NBC News reported.

    About 150-200 migrants and activists threw stones as police fired tear gas around midday. Frustrations have been rising over the restrictions imposed on people moving through the Balkans. 

    Macedonian police opened the border crossing to receive about 50 people just before noon, but closed it again after the clashes. A police spokeswoman said a train with 450 refugees left the Greek border early Monday and was heading for Serbia.

    The Idomeni crossing in Greece is a key point on the mass migration route. About 6,500 Syrian and Iraqi refugees are camped out around the area.