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Greece: death at the border leads to violence

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Greece: death at the border leads to violence


The deaths of migrants at sea are all too common.

But a man from Morocco has become the first person to die at the land border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

It is understood he died after being electrocuted while climbing on the roof of a train on the Greek side on Thursday.

Rising tensions lead to violence

Violence first broke out last Saturday after another man was badly burned when trying to cross on the roof of a train.

Skopje has sealed its border with a metal fence.

Sensing rising tension, the police put on their gas masks.

Tear gas was then used to disperse the angry crowds.

Hundreds of people are trapped on the Greek side of the border.

The majority are from Pakistan, Iran and Morocco.

The fear is they are in limbo. Pakistan has just refused to allow 30 migrants repatriated from Greece to get off the plane in Islamabad.

Balkan neighbour Hungary, meanwhile, has joined Slovakia in making an official complaint about EU migrant quotas.

Concern grows, Frontex steps in

Frontex, the EU’s external border agency, says it will assist Greece to register the migrants gathered at its border with FYROM.

Concerned by the reports of rising tension and violence, the UN has called for border to be managed more effectively.

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