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Macedonia 'closes borders to Afghan migrants'

Published 21/02/2016

Refugees from Afghanistan wait for a permission to cross the border from Macedonia at a checkpoint near the Tabanovce transit centre (AP)
Refugees from Afghanistan wait for a permission to cross the border from Macedonia at a checkpoint near the Tabanovce transit centre (AP)

Greek police say Macedonia has closed its southern border with Greece to Afghan migrants, allowing entry only for Iraqis and Syrians.

Macedonian authorities reportedly said that Serbia has done the same on its southern border with Macedonia.

Macedonian police started restricting the flow of migrants across the Greek-Macedonian border on Saturday, conducting body searches and demanding passports.

Earlier, they had accepted Greek police's official documents attesting that an individual had been processed.

The moves have led to a build-up of migrants waiting at the Greek side of the border. Greek police said 800 were stranded at the border Sunday and another 2,750 were waiting in 55 buses nearby.

In the 24 hours to 6am local time, only 310 migrants had been allowed into Macedonia.

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