Authorities have advised refugees and migrants stranded at a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni, in northern Greece, against attempting to cross the border into Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
“The border is closed. At reception centers you will find food and a place to stay. Do not trust irresponsible people who will put your life in danger. Do not suffer for no reason,” said a leaflet that was handed out by Greek Police on Friday. The text was written in Greek and translated into Arabic.
Earlier this week, about 2,000 refugees resorted to a desperate attempt to find a way around the border fence, in order to cross into FYROM. Nearly 80 reporters and aid workers were arrested by FYROM police during the attempt. Three Afghans were found dead, believed to have drowned when a group of about 20 refugees attempted to cross the Suha Reka river on FYROM’s side of the border.