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At least 300 migrants injured after violent clashes at Macedonia border

At least 300 migrants have been injured after violent clashes with authorities at the Macedonian border with Greece, charity Médecins Sans Frontières‎ (MSF) said.

Authorities in Macedonia have been accused of using "dangerous and deplorable" force against migrants protesting at the Greece's border town Idomeni.

"The situation was extremely tense this morning, when tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades were used in the camp to disperse crowds. The MSF teams treated 300 people, among them 200 with respiratory problems after being subjected to teargas," the charity said in a statement.

Police sources say tear gas was fired only after migrants stormed towards a border fence on Sunday.

The EU is now deporting new arrivals to Greece back to Turkey if they don't meet asylum criteria after agreeing a deal with the country.

Migrants throw stones at Macedonian police during clashes at the border Credit: Reuters
A protesting migrant runs with a teargas canister to throw it over a border fence towards Macedonia Credit: Reuters
An injured migrant is carried away from the protest at the border Credit: Reuters

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Macedonia sends 600 migrants back to Greece

Hundreds of migrants and refugees crossed a fast-flowing river in an attempt to defy Macedonia's border closure. Credit: Reuters

Some 600 migrants who crossed the border into Macedonia have been sent back to Greece, a police official said on Tuesday.

Most of the migrants were taken back to Greece on Monday or overnight on trucks, the official said.

More than 1,000 migrants and refugees marched out of the Idomeni camp near the northern Greek border on Monday and crossed a fast-flowing river in an attempt to cross the Macedonian border.

Last week, Macedonia and other nations blocked the route north along the so-called Western Balkan route.

'Over 30,000' migrants stranded at Greek border

Over 30,000 refugees and migrants are reportedly stranded at the Greek border with Macedonia.

According to the UN Refugee Agency "the situation is quickly deteriorating" with tens of thousands of people trapped at the border and "sleeping in the open without adequate reception, services, aid or information" as borders remain closed along the route they would take to Europe.

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Migrants lie across tracks in protest at border closures

Migrants stranded in Greece because of border closures are protesting by lying across train tracks.

It comes as hundreds remain stuck at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, while more than 10,000 are currently stuck at the Greek border with Macedonia.

Migrants protesting against border closures by lying on train tracks Credit: Reuters
More than 10,000 migrants are stuck at the Macedonia border Credit: Reuters
Migrants want the borders to be reopened Credit: Reuters

Trickle of refugees cross the Greek frontier to Macedonia

Barely 200 refugees were allowed to trickle across the Greek border into Macedonia.

Around 10,000 more are waiting in a crowded tent camp on the Greek side of the frontier tonight - with no sign from authorities that they are going to be allowed to travel any further into Europe.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports:

Over £500 million in aid ready for migrant crisis states

Over £500 million will be sent to "overwhelmed" member states Credit: Reuters

A plan is in action to disburse £545 million of emergency humanitarian aid to help tackle the migrant crisis, the European Commission has announced.

It comes after new figures indicate last year's total of one million seaborne migrants to Europe could be matched well before the end of the year.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates nearly 129,500 migrants had arrived by sea so far in 2016, plus another 1,545 by land.

Now over £540 million of emergency humanitarian funding between over the next two years has been pledged by the European Commission to help alleviate the crisis.

Humanitarian aid commissioner Christos Stylianides confirmed the news over Twitter, saying it would go be distributed to "overwhelmed member states."

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