Desperate Refugees Riot At GreekMacedonia Border

Desperate Refugees Riot At GreekMacedonia Border

According to Al Jazeera report, a riot broke out as hundreds of desperate refugees stranded at the Greek-Macedonia border smashed down a gate guarded by security forces on Monday.The razor-wire barrier was ripped open and border guards fired tear gas in response.Angry crowds shouted and pushed towards the barrier. Several men used a large steel post to ram the gate while trying to pry it open.   

More than 6,500 migrants are in limbo at the overcrowded border camp - with a capacity of 2,000 - at the village of Idomeni, according to Greek officials.It was set up to shelter refugees as they wait for passage to Macedonia, which has greatly reduced the number of people allowed to pass in recent days.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid, reporting from Idomeni, said there was a rumour the border crossing was opening that brought hundreds rushing to the gate. "There was a state of panic and hope that finally those gates towards western Europe would open. It's an emotional rollercoaster for these refugees and migrants who are here," she said.  About 50 refugees managed to rush through the downed barrier before guards responded.  

"I am smelling the tear gas from here. There are several explosions in the background," Abdel Hamid reported.

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