Police Operation in Idomeni to Evacuate Refugees Completed



Afgan Refugees

The police operation underway in Idomeni on Tuesday morning in order to evacuate train tracks that were occupied by Afghan refugees, is completed. The refugees were protesting against FYROM’s decision to ban their passage through the borders.

Police forces have blocked the area in the intersection that leads to Idomeni and the Afghan refugees and migrants are being transferred to Athens with buses. According to police information, apart from the 200 refugees that occupied the train tracks, the remaining 500 Afghan refugees that remained in the camp will be transferred as well to Athens, as Skopje have closed their borders.

About 6,000 refugees have gathered in the Hellenic-FYROM borders, meanwhile the camps in Idomeni can hold only up to 2,000 people.

In the meantime, the problem persists as more and more refugees arrive in Idomeni. Last night about 5,000 refugees and migrants from Lesbos, Chios and Kos reached the port of Piraeus and 1,130 more arrived this morning. The refugees and migrants wish to continue their journey towards the borders, despite the efforts of the local authorities to transfer them to hotspots in Schisto, Elaionas and Elliniko.