Refugees pour through Macedonia border after clashes

The United Nations refugee agency urged the Macedonian government to do more [AP]

Macedonian police have fired tear gas and stun grenades to drive back refugees trying to cross the border from Greece after they spent a night stranded by an emergency decree that had effectively sealed the Macedonian frontier.

Five injured refugees were taken to a hospital on the Greek side of the border on Friday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said.

An MSF spokesman told Al Jazeera that injuries were caused by plastic bullets and tear gas.

Witnesses said the border reopened around 4pm local time (14:00 GMT) after being closed overnight, and refugees were pouring through.

More than 3,000 people had been waiting on the Greek side for the border to open, Al Jazeera’s Ivan Corkalo reported from the border town of Idomeni.

Macedonia deployed several hundred policemen and soldiers to secure the frontier.

“They shoot us today, they shoot us today, I can tell you, I see it. We was in front of the place. Officer people in Macedonia, they shoot the people,” a refugee, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters.

Macedonia is one of the major transit points for refugees trying to get from Greece to other EU countries. At least 44,000 have arrived over the last two months.

Refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, many of them Syrians, spent a cold night on the border on Thursday as Macedonia declared a state of emergency and effectively blocked its southern frontier to refugees

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