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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.