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Tensions high at Idomeni as refugees await summit decisions

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Tensions are high among the more than 13,000 migrants who are stranded at the Greek border with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as they await a decision at the EU summit in Brussels that could determine their fate.

Hassan Sheikho, a Syrian refugee who is one of the first in line to cross into FYROM, says "the whole world will be in chaos," if "they don't take all the people here and settle us down."

He urged leaders Monday to "solve the crisis in Syria and we'll go back, otherwise, make your decision and we'll be ready."

Cold weather, unhygienic living conditions and limited supplies of food and water are already putting pressure on the refugees and other migrants at the camp in Idomeni. Now they may also need to face the possibility of the Balkan route ahead being shut for good.

UNHCR spokesman, Babar Baloch, told the AP that for most of the refugees at the camp, there hasn't been much movement anyway. He said they "need an answer, a quick answer."

[AP]