Idomeni Evacuation Begins

For a few weeks now we have been hearing word that the camp at Idomeni, on the Greek/Macedonian border, will be evacuated.

Today, that process has started…

Buses have been taking people, mostly families, from Idomeni to state-supervised facilities further south, where there are thought to be around 5,000 places available. Officials say that 1,100 refugees had left by noon.

Our good friend on the ground says “Currently the situation is peaceful with an army of police, many families boarding buses voluntarily.”.

Only people with the full credentials of an official organisation (like MSF, UNHCR or the Red Cross) will be able to access the camp, but any other volunteers found on-site will be taken into police custody.

There are currently around 8,000 refugees stranded at the border, where authorities are hoping to relocate people “by the end of the week”, according to Giorgos Kyritsis, a government spokesperson.

We have also been told that “police have been blocking food and water coming into the camp” and a military tank was “seen making its way to Idomeni”.

We hope the situation remains peaceful, and will be sure to keep you updated.