Hundreds of migrants including women and young children are sent running for cover as Macedonia police fire teargas to disperse a crowd who had broken down a border fence along the frontier with Greece. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Macedonian police fired teargas on Monday (February 29) to disperse hundreds of migrants and refugees who stormed the border from Greece and tore down a gate, as frustrations boil over at restrictions imposed on people moving through the Balkans Macedonian police fired several rounds of teargas into crowds who tore down the metal gate and onto a railway line where migrants had sat refusing to move, demanding to cross into the country. The crossing was next to Idomeni camp, the main transit point for refugees travelling towards western Europe. Close to 10,000 people have been stranded in the small transit camp designed to hold 2,500 for brief stays. Struggling with limited resources to house migrants itself, Macedonia had briefly closed its border last week, only to re-open it but with much stricter controls, allowing only a few hundred people to pass through over the weekend - not enough to alleviate the constant influx of new arrivals as thousands of migrants come to the Greek mainland by ferries and immediately head north. More than one million refugees and migrants passed through the camp in the previous 12 months, travelling from Turkey to Germany and other western European countries, where they hoped to secure asylum.