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Crowds of migrants grow at Greece-Macedonia border

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 00:48

Refugees spend the night in open fields on Greece's border after Macedonian police and army seal the frontier. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The number of migrants and refugees grew on Greece's border with Macedonia on Saturday (August 22) after many spent a cold, wet night in the open air as police and soldiers rationed entry into the country. Some 600 of the mostly Syrian refugees were allowed through overnight, packed onto a 5am (0300 GMT) train at the Gevgelija railway station and sent north to Serbia, the last stop en route to Hungary and Europe's borderless Schengen zone. More could be seen arriving by foot on the Greek side as morning broke, many of them Syrian refugees brought by boat chartered by the Greek government to the mainland from inundated Greek islands such as Kos. Conditions at the border have deteriorated with some aid being given to migrants with little or no access to shelter, food or water but some, who have seen an opportunity for business, have opened kiosks in the area offering sandwiches for three euro. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR urged Macedonia to reopen its border and to provide more help to the vulnerable. Over 40,000 entered Macedonia in the past two months. Some 50,000 hit Greek shores by boat from Turkey in July alone.

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Crowds of migrants grow at Greece-Macedonia border

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 00:48