Tension bursts on the border between Macedonia and Greece, where the Macedonian police used tear gas and smoke bombs against migrants (over 500 people) again. The latter were trying to break down the border fence in the Idomeni camp in Greece. Sky News reported it through a tweet. The action of the refugees who have tried to break through the fence caused the reaction of the police. When the police fired tear gas and sound bombs at them, the migrants have reacted throwing stones and rocks at the agents. According to the Macedonian media, the Greek police was also present, but it did not intervene.
Citing the testimony of a witness, Vecer daily writes on its website that the group would have tried to break through the barrier after they had heard activists of various non-governmental organizations talking about the possibility of an imminent opening of the border between Macedonia and Greece. When the Macedonian police denied these rumors, migrants – also women and children – attempted to climb over the fence made of barbed wire to enter Macedonia.
Dozens of migrants were injured during the clashes. MSF strongly denounces the incident. “Dozens of people were injured, many of them have respiratory problems, and three of them were transferred to the hospital of Kilkis,” according to Achileas Tzemos, MSF manager. Macedonian police reported that three officers were injured by stone throwing.