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Desperate ... tragedy unfolded near the closed frontier where 14,000 travellers are stranded AP

Pregnant woman and teen sister among dead as desperate migrants drown wading across EU river border

WT24 Desk

THREE migrants drowned yesterday as hundreds tried to wade across a river and enter Macedonia from Greece, according to The Sun.  A pregnant woman, her teenage sister and a man were swept away by fast-flowing floods. A Macedonian government spokeswoman said: “It looks like they drowned while trying to enter illegally.”

 Three other migrants were taken to hospital and 19 brought to a transit camp.The tragedy unfolded near the closed frontier where 14,000 travellers are stranded in Idomeni’s filthy tent city.More than 1,000 streamed out yesterday as word spread that a gap had been found in the razor-wire fence.

A rope was strung across the river and a human chain formed. Dads with kids on their shoulders struggled to keep their feet in the torrent. More than 40,000 have been stuck in Greece since ex-Yugoslav countries closed their borders to migrants last week.

A spokeswoman for UN refugee agency UNHCR said the restrictions “have forced people to take desperate actions”.

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