Clashes between police and refugees, over 300 refugees and 23 Macedonian police officers wounded

Clashes between police and refugees, over 300 refugees and 23 Macedonian police officers wounded

Skopje, 11 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Late last evening, refugees have clashed with Macedonian riot police, after they were not allowed to destroy the barbed wire barricade separating the border between FYROM and Greece.

Riot police are reported to have used teargas and rubber bullets to back refugees off.

Doctors without Borders organization said that medical volunteers on field offered assistance to around 300 people, as they had problems with breathing from the teargas and wounds from the rubber bullets.

At least 6 wounded people were sent to hospital.

Macedonian Police said that 23 people were injured and 5 of them with serious injuries.

The violent episodes occurred in the border crossing point of Idomeni, where more than 11 thousand refugees are in a camp in the Greek part of the border.

On the other hand, Greek police have not reacted. The situation has calmed down and there are no more efforts by refugees to enter FYROM’s territory. /ibna/