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Increasing Number of Migrants Stranded at Greece Border with Macedonia
   2016-02-28 09:12:32    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

Refugees and migrants protest at Idomeni, Greece, on Feb. 27, 2016, as they are not allowed to cross the border between Greece and Macedonia. [Photo: Xinhua]

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR has warned humanitarian challenges are mounting as migrants continue to pour into the already overcrowded Idomeni camp at the Greek border with Macedonia.

UNHCR spokesperson Stella Nanou said that assistance work is becoming more difficult since Macedonia stopped allowing migrants to pass.

"Indeed, crossing has not been possible since Thursday night. The population here is growing and so are the needs of the people that remain here. This site is not made for a long stay, it was made to cover basic, dignified conditions for people that wait here. So as you understand the needs are growing and the challenges become bigger and bigger for everyone here."

About 55-hundered migrants were stranded at a tent camp close to the border in Idomeni and another 500 were camped at a nearby gas station on Saturday.

Even more migrants, mostly Syrian and Iraqi families with children, are still heading toward the camp.

Three days after effectively shutting down its border to all migrants, Macedonian authorities briefly opened the border with Greece to let a small number of Iraqi and Syrian refugees into the country on Saturday.

Over the past year, more than 1 million refugees and migrants passed through Idomeni en route from Turkey.

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