Hundreds of refugees leave Greek camp head to Macedonia

Authorities say hundreds of refugees left Greek camp to cross into Macedonia

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Refugees walk through a forest as they look for a way to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, March 14, 2016

Hundreds of refugees on Tuesday left from Greek transit camp and walked for hours in muddy paths in order to cross into Macedonia.

According to a Macedonian police spokeswoman, refugees who crossed into Macedonia would be sent back to Greece. A witness reported that almost 30 journalists who followed the refugees were detained.

The crossing put the refugees issue back in the spotlight days before leaders from the European Union and Turkey are due to meet again to seal an agreement intended to keep refugees in Turkey rather than moving to Europe through Greece.

At least 12,000 people remain in the village of Idomeni since Macedonia built a fence on the border to change refugee’s route.

Most refugees are coming from war zones in Syria and Iraq and are trying to find a better life in European countries like Germany.

Many of the refugees crossed a dangerous river after forming a “human chain,” said Reuters photographer Stojan Nenov.

Refugees wade across a river near the Greek-Macedonian border, west of the the village of Idomeni, Greece, March 14, 2016.

According to Macedonian police three refugees drowned while trying to cross a river close to the Greek border.

The refugee smuggling around the Aegean Sea will be discussed again by EU leaders as well as Turkey in two separate meetings on Thursday and Friday.

TRTWorld and agencies