Refugee aid workers arrested in Greece

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Three Norwegian aid workers who’ve been trying to help asylum seekers stuck at the border between Greece and Macedonia were arrested in Greece Wednesday evening, reportedly because they were carrying walkie-talkies into a refugee camp.

The Norwegians were among 29 volunteer aid workers seized by Greek police because they allegedly violated rules against such means of communication as they headed towards a refugee camp. They were arrested at Idomeni, on the border to Macedonia, their organization Northern Lights Aid told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

They were due to appear at custody hearings on Thursday. Norway’s foreign ministry reported it was aware of the arrests and would follow up the case with Greek authorities. A spokesman for Northern Lights Aid told Trondheim newspaper Adresseavisen that the aid workers’ families had been alerted as well.

newsinenglish.no staff