GEVGELIJA, Macedonia (Reuters) – Macedonia moved to cut off the flow of migrants pouring over its southern border with Greece on Thursday, deploying riot police in armored vehicles and calling out the army under a state of emergency.
Authorities said official border crossings remained open, but that they would “reduce illegal border entry to a minimum”.
A Reuters reporter near the border town of Gevgelija said a column of riot police armed with tear gas and armored vehicles had shut off passage for several thousand people now stranded in no-man’s land.
“No more Macedonia,” one officer said in English to a Syrian man requesting passage.
The flow into Gevgelija, which has hit 1,500 to 2,000 a day, suddenly stopped. The shutdown came after days of desperate scenes at the local railway station as thousands of people pressed to board trains to Serbia, young children being passed through open carriage windows.
A number of Palestinian youths are suspected in an arson attack on an Israeli bus after they allegedly threw stones and a Molotov cocktail at the vehicle Thursday evening in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras el-Amoud.
According to reports, the bus initially came under attack when the vehicle was pelted with stones, forcing the Arab bus driver to abandon the bus and look for police assistance. Once the bus driver returned with the authorities, they discovered the bus on fire.
Firefighters said the blaze was under control and no one was hurt in the incident.
In a separate incident earlier on Thursday, a bus driver sustained light injuries in a stone throwing attack that damaged the windshield of his vehicle near the Palestinian village of Hizma, according to police reports.
3. A short but thoughtful analysis and comparison of Islamic culture and Western ones
SHOCK estimates predict up to 35 MILLION refugees could head for Europe due to hugely unstable situations across the world.
The huge figure was revealed today by Hungary’s minister for foreign affairs and trade Peter Szijjártó.
Speaking as the country begins work on its second fence to stop migrants heading across its border he predicted the current crisis will continue for years.
Mr Szijjártó told Hungarian Times: “The name of the fence is ‘Temporary Security Border Fence’ but I think there is no question that in this case temporary means years.
“It’s a self delusion to call this situation a migration crisis; it is a massive migration of nations, with inexhaustible reserves.
(Thats one cop that won’t be invited to the White House for a beer)
Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani – from Qatar’s ruling family – fled America after he was investigated by officers for reportedly speeding through stop signs and racing past pedestrians in his yellow Ferrari.
Los Angeles Police said Al-Thani told them he had diplomatic immunity, which would have seen him bypass punishment in the US.
But after officers investigated further they realised the allegedly speeding Sheikh did not have immunity.
(Video of race at site)
6. “We need stuff to buy. Where is the UN?”
Rebel Media: Muslim dominance of Europe is “simple mathematics” says Hungary’s PM
Thank you Richard, M., Wrath of Khan, Nash Montana and all.
There is some extraordinary material in the pipe, some of which should be ready soon and more over the day.