Migrant electrocuted at Greek-FYROM border

Migrant electrocuted at Greek-FYROM border

A man believed to be from Morocco has died on the Greek-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) border, electrocuted after touching high-power overhead railway cables when he climbed on top of a train carriage.

Other migrants lowered the man's severely burned body to the ground and covered it with a sheet, and a volunteer doctor in the area confirmed the man had died. The doctor hurried away before giving his name.

It was not immediately clear why the man had climbed onto the train carriage, which was stationary. The death came amid scuffles between migrants and refugees following the FYROM authorities' closure of the border to those considered economic migrants. FYROM is allowing only people from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria to cross the border, and groups of people from other nationalities have set up makeshift roadblocks, preventing anyone from crossing.

Last Saturday, a 24-year-old Moroccan man suffered severe burns in the same way after touching an overhead cable at the railway station. His injury sparked violent protests in the border area among those waiting to cross.

More than 5,000 people of various nationalities are in the Idomeni border area.


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