Greece was stepping up efforts Tuesday to persuade hundreds of migrants to leave a squalid camp on its border with Macedonia where violence broke out at the weekend, officials said.

 

At least 400 people had agreed to leave in the last two days, local police and an AFP journalist said.

 

“We can see more refugees are interested in leaving Idomeni. They don’t feel comfortable here, they don’t feel safe here, not at all anymore after the recent events,” said Liene Veide, the UN refugee agency spokeswoman in Idomeni.

 

On Sunday, some 250 refugees and migrants were hurt as they tried to force their way into Macedonia, with Macedonian riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets to push them back.

 

 

 

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