Refugees are currently stranded in the Greek border village of Idomeni were bombarded with tear gas, as Macedonian police attempted to disperse around 50 people who tried to pull down part of the razor wire fence that separates Greece from Macedonia. Police were seen throwing rocks at the protesters and the clashes eventually resulted in Greek riot police being called to the scene.

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A boy runs to throw back a tear gas canister during clashes with police at a makeshift camp for refugees at the Greek-Macedonian borderStoyan Nenov/ Reuters

The clashes came only days after a group of refugees took over a train carriage at Idomeni station, where they attempted to use it to break through a police barricade. On 10 April, hundreds of people were wounded when Macedonian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at a group who tried to storm the border.

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A youth clashes with Macedonian soldiers during a protest calling for the reopening of the Greece Macedonia borderBulent Kilic/ AFP
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A Macedonian soldier walks passed The Greek flag as people protest to reopen the borderBulent Kilic/ AFP
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A man gestures to Macedonian police at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants at the Greek-Macedonian borderStoyan Nenov/ Reuters
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People protest as a unexploded tear gas canister explodes by mistakeBulent KIlic/ AFP

Tensions are continuously rising in the makeshift camp of Idomeni. It is currently home to over 10,000 refugees, who have been there since February after Balkan countries closed their borders. Closing the Balkan route has limited the number of ways people can reach western and northern Europe, and was the preferred gateway for approximately 1 million refugees who came from the Middle East last year.

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Macedonian police throw stones at refugees during clashes near their makeshift camp in the northern Greek border village of Idomeni,Bulent Kilic/ AFP
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A boy with his face covered looks back during scuffles with police at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants at the Greek-Macedonian borderStoyan Nenov/ Reuters
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A woman tends to her child after he was injured when Macedonian police threw tear gas inside their campBulent Kilic/ AFP
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Men carry a man who was injured during clashesStoyan Nenov/ Reuters
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People run during scuffles with police at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants at the Greek-Macedonian borderStoyan Nenov/ Reuters
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A tear gas canister is thrown back towards Macedonian police at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, GreeceStoyan Nenov/ Reuters
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People help their friend, who was injured during clashes with Macedonian soldiers near their makeshift camp in the northern Greek border village of IdomeniBulent Kilic/ AFP
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Refugees hold the German flag towards Macedonian soldiers while they protest at the border for the fence to reopen in the northern border village of IdomeniBulent Kilic/ AFP
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People try to avoid the tear gas set off by Macedonian policeStoyan Nenov/ Reuters
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A man points at a helicopter during a protest for the border between Greece and Macedonia to reopen in the Greek border village of IdomeniBulent Kilic/ AFP