Refugees, migrants evacuated from old Athens airport site


A children's balloon floats in front of a balcony where riot policemen stand overseeing an operation to clear out a makeshift migrant camp at the disused Elliniko airport in Athens on Friday. Access to site was blocked off in the morning, and dozens of police officers and riot police stood by as the roughly 600 migrants collected their belongings and boarded buses to refugee camps elsewhere in Greece. Police said about 350 people, mainly families, would go to a camp in Thiva, about 70 kilometres northwest of Athens, while the remainder of mainly single people would go to Derveni, about 140 kilometres west of the capital. [Orestis Panagiotou/EPA]