Macedonian police fire tear gas to disperse hundreds of migrants and refugees who stormed the border from Greece on Monday, tearing down a gate as frustrations boiled over at restrictions imposed on people moving through the Balkans. Mana Rabiee reports.
Tensions along the Greece-Macedonia border are boiling over. Macedonia police fired several rounds of tear gas at hundreds of migrants. The migrants had breached a border gate on the Greek side of the frontier at Idomeni, the main transit point for refugees traveling to western Europe. Frustration over conditions at Idomeni has been building for days, with protests and sit-ins demanding passage into Macedonia. More than 8000 migrants are now crammed into a facility originally designed for just 2,500. And conditions are deteriorating… after Macedonia and other Balkan states decided last week to limit the daily numbers allowed to cross from Greece. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN REFUGEE FROM ALEPPO, HAMSA, SAYING: "The situation is, as you see, like a disaster and they don't open the borders, Macedonia, don't open the borders, and people are coming more and more." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN REFUGEE FROM ALEPPO, ABDULLAH, SAYING: "I am suffering here. I am slowly dying here. I don't know what I'll do." Migrants have an indefinite wait here while authorities decide who will get passage... and who might not. They're constantly arriving… and few are leaving… with Idomeni quickly becoming the latest epicenter of Europe's migrant crisis.