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Refugees keep moving out of Greece's Idomeni border camp

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Refugees and migrants wait to embark into the buses during a police operation at a makeshift refugee camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni.


Refugees and other migrants boarded buses yesterday on the second day of an operation to evacuate the sprawling makeshift

Idomeni refugee camp on the

Greek-Macedonian border.

More than 700 police were deployed, but no violence was reported in the push that began at dawn on Tuesday in the camp of more than 8,000 people. Journalists have been banned from the site.

Authorities said about 2,000 people moved out on the first day, leaving just over 6,000 in Idomeni early yesterday, and by early

afternoon at least 430 more had left. The camp's evacuation is expected to last, several days, with residents being transported to newly built shelters set up in northern Greece by local

authorities and the army.

"It was a calm night," said Vicky Markolefa, spokesperson for the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders. "What we are seeing is that people are leaving voluntarily. There has been no problem."