These are the desperate scenes at Greece’s border with FYR Macedonia as overwhelmed security forces made sporadic attempts to stem the flow of migrants and refugees heading northwards.

Hundreds of migrants, many of them refugees from the war in Syria, succeeded in crossing the border.

Riot police set off stun grenades and hit migrants with batons but that did little to stop them passing into FYR Macedonia.

Skopje had declared a state of emergency on Thursday (August 20) and sealed its southern frontier to migrants pouring in at a rate of 2,000 per day en route to Serbia then Hungary and the Europe Union’s borderless Schengen zone.


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