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Clashes as Macedonia becomes latest migrant crisis flashpoint

Police are seen as migrant and refugee families try to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija, Macedonia, on August 21, 2015Macedonian riot police on Friday fired stun grenades to drive back thousands of mostly Syrian refugees stuck in no-man’s land between Greece and Macedonia, the latest flashpoint in Europe’s escalating migrant crisis. At least eight people were hurt near the Greek border village of Edomeni as the police in riot gear beat the migrants back with truncheons and threw the stun grenades, devices that produce a blinding flash of light and a huge noise to disorient their targets. Rights group Amnesty International blasted the police response, saying it had received reports that officers fired into the air in “an unacceptable push-back in violation of international law”.

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