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Migrants rush to Greek camp on rumours of border opening
Published :Monday, 28 March, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 15

IDOMENI, Mar 27 : Hundreds of hopeful refugees flooded back to Greece's overwhelmed Idomeni camp on the border with Macedonia on Sunday following rumours that the closed frontier would be forced open.
The renewed influx came as Greek authorities were trying to evacuate an estimated 11,500 people who were stranded at the squalid camp after Balkan states slammed shut their borders, cutting off the migrant route to the European Union.
By late morning, around 250 people of all ages had gathered by the railway tracks and the border fence, singing and shouting slogans, an AFP correspondent said, in a largely peaceful demonstration watched by around 50 Greek policemen in riot gear.
"No violence, we just want to cross," read one banner, while another said: "Freedom of movement is everybody's right."
The wave of new arrivals appeared to be triggered by a rumour that international journalists and Red Cross officials would help them force their way across the fence into Macedonia, a young Syrian refugee told the Athens News Agency.
"We heard today that the border will open and we came here to cross," he said.
"They told us the Red Cross and 500 journalists from all over the world will be with us," he said, without specifying the source.
Another young Syrian refugee said his sister, who is living in Germany, read the same claim on the Internet and alerted him.
"People have been here for a long time. I think it's very dangerous to cross, especially for the children but what should we do?" 24-year-old Qasim Mosawy from Afghanistan said. ?AFP









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