IDOMENI, Greece Greek police on Wednesday loaded hundreds of migrants who have been stranded for three weeks at the Macedonian border onto buses bound for Athens, a police official and a Reuters witness said, ending their hopes of reaching northern Europe.
Scuffles broke out but not on the scale of recent clashes amongst police and the roughly 1,200 folks – mostly men from Pakistan, Morocco and Iran – stuck close to the town of Idomeni, following Macedonia began filtering migrants by nationality.
Some 30 guys resisted police and have been taken to a police station but were later place on the Athens-bound buses as nicely.
At the other finish of the country, 12 migrants drowned when their boat sank off the little Greek island of Farmakonisi, close to Turkey, in the early hours of Wednesday, a coastguard official mentioned, even though 26 were rescued and 12 far more were missing.
The U.N. refugee agency mentioned those rescued incorporated a 7-year-old kid each of whose parents were missing. Six other young children were among these drowned.
Migrants continue to attempt the perilous crossing despite the onset of winter climate, mounting obstacles in Europe and enhanced efforts by Turkey to crack down on people smugglers.
Hundreds of thousands of folks have streamed into Europe this year, mostly through Greece. Balkan states started blocking passage final month to all but Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, who are considered as refugees because they are fleeing war zones.
Some of those stranded close to Idomeni started hunger strikes and a handful sewed their lips shut to dramatize their demands. A Moroccan man was electrocuted to death last week on a railway line which the migrants had been blocking. Another was seriously burned when he climbed on top of a train to attempt to cross the border.
The police official said the migrants would be taken to migration centers in the Athens area before getting sent home. Yet another police source mentioned some would be housed at a sports hall used for taekwondo throughout the 2004 Olympic Games.
Macedonia has erected a metal fence to keep unwanted migrants out and plans to extend it to cover a lot more than 40 km (25 miles) of the border.
A lot more than 600,000 men and women have arrived in Greece this year producing the short but perilous journey by boat or rubber dinghy from Turkey to outlying islands. Thousands much more have drowned.
Six Afghan kids died on Tuesday following their boat capsized off the coastal Turkish city of Izmir. Worsening weather and dropping temperatures have failed to deter some attempting to attain Europe.
Turkey has vowed to do a lot more to stop the flow, right after signing a deal with the European Union on Nov. 29 under which it will receive three billion euros ($ three.three billion) in help to improve conditions for the 2.2 million Syrians Ankara has been hosting.
The EU deal also pledges simpler visas for Turks going to Europe and expanded talks in its extended-stalled negotiations to join the 28-nation bloc.
(Extra reporting by Angeliki Koutantou Writing by Paul Taylor Editing by Louise Ireland)
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