Thousands stranded in Greece after Macedonia opens border for 250 migrants

Macedonian authorities on Wednesday allowed some 250 asylum seekers from Syria and Iraq to cross its border with Greece at the Idomeni crossing, Greek officials said.

Thousands of migrants, many fleeing war in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, have been stranded in Idomeni by Macedonia’s decision to allow only a handful of asylum seekers with identification papers from Syria and Iraq.

Wednesday marked the first time in two days that refugees were allowed to cross the frontier following an incident in which Macedonian police fired tear gas at protesting migrants attempting to force their way through the border fence.

Macedonian authorities have defended their stance.

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