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Migrant numbers swell on Greece-Macedonia border

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 - 01:09

The increasing wave of migrants trapped at the Greece-Macedonia border brave bad weather, following clashes over border restrictions. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Thousands of migrants remain stranded on the border between Greece and Macedonia. Fears are mounting that numbers will swell to uncontrollable levels. Frustration is boiling over. Macedonian police fired teargas on Monday to disperse migrants as they stormed a border, tearing down a metal gate in the process. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT SAYING: "I think the people are angry so we can't control them. Only that." Restrictions have been imposed on people moving through the Balkans, and a deeply divided Europe is struggling to respond. The conditions in this camp are dire - it is cold and the rain is heavy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT YUSUF, FROM DAMASCUS, SAYING: "The situation was very bad. We are here from four days. We had a swimming time last night, our tent so wet, like our clothes. It was a very difficult night." Officials say the number of migrants and refugees trapped in Greece could triple in the coming days.

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Migrant numbers swell on Greece-Macedonia border

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 - 01:09