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As health fears grow, Greece seeks to ease migrant buildup on border

A man walks along railway tracks at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni, on March 9, 2016, where thousands of refugees and migrants are trapped by the Balkan border blockadeGreece was desperately trying Wednesday to coax thousands of refugees into abandoning an increasingly unsanitary camp at its Macedonia border as health fears grew after a string of nations shut their borders. “There is an effort to transport the refugees southwards… where they can (find) humane living conditions,” deputy interior minister Yiannis Balafas told Alpha radio. Over 14,000 mainly Syrian and Iraqi refugees are camped out by the northern Idomeni border crossing — many of them for weeks — at a muddy, unhygienic camp operated by beleaguered aid groups.

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