Several injured as hundreds of Afghan and Syrian refugees clash in Greece

refugees-clash-in-GreeceHundreds of Afghan and Syrian refugees entered into a violent clash in Greece amid ongoing refugee crisis in the Greek and Macedonian territories.

According to the officials in Greece quoted by local media, several people were injured in the clash that erupted on Wednesday night.

At least two of the refugees are in critical condition as over seven people were wounded and shifted to hospital for treatment.

Quoting eyewitnesses and port authorities, the local Thema newspaper reported that clashes started at the E2 port gate and quickly spread to the E1 gate, as police forces were absent.

The report further added that the fights erupted when some Afghani illegal immigrants attacked a Syrian woman for unknown reasons.

The migrants were hurling stones and using other objects to beat each as the skirmish continued for at least three hours, according to the report.

This comes as scores of Afghan refugees have been stranded along the Macedonia and Greece border after Macedonia closed its southern border with Greece to Afghan migrants late last month.

Hundreds of Afghans are leaving the country and are mainly heading towards Europe amid deteriorating security situation in the country, often risking their lives by passing through dangerous routes, specifically the Iranian territory and the Turkish coast.

Several people were injured in a similar clash between the Afghan and Syrian refugees in Croatia late in the month of September last year. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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