More than 5,000 refugees are already stranded at the Idomene transit camp one day after Macedonia started restricting the migrants it allows access to three countries, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq
Police had to lead 4,000 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq across fields at 6 am in the morning after 200 Iranians blocked the main crossing point in protest at being denied entry.
Macedonia has started building a fence along the frontier.
The refugee transit camp at Idomene is overcrowded with over 5,000 refugees. Worse, it is run by the UNHCR, who have come under fire for their drastic cuts in aide to Syrian refugees in camps, triggering a massive exodus to Europe.
In a separate development, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis described conditions for migrants on the Aegean Island of Lesbos, which has seen more than three hundred thousand arrivals, most in the past two months, as shocking.
Tensions between the migrants and locals have been escalating, and could flare into a conflict between Greece and Turkey given their fraught history.