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Refugee policy sees tensions boil over in the Balkans

A group of migrants mourn the death of a fellow migrant who was electrocuted after touching power lines at the Greek-Macedonian border
Dimitris Tosidis/IRIN

Riots broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning at Greece’s frontier with Macedonia as migrants and asylum seekers stranded there for the past two weeks blockaded the border, preventing people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan from crossing.

During protests that continued throughout the morning, a 20-year-old Moroccan man jumped on top of a stationary train carriage and was electrocuted after touching some cables.

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