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Macedonian police caught 13 migrants from Iraq

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Border police caught thirteen migrants from Iraq near a gas station on a highway in northern Macedonia.

All of the migrants, nine men, two women and two children, had no documents.

Being questioned by police officers, they said they had been transported from the southern border towards Serbia by an man, who threatened them and took EUR 3,000 from the migrants each in order to smuggle them from the border with Greece to Belgrade in Serbia. They also said he had abandoned them near a gas station in northern Macedonia.

According to police, the suspect is a 35-year old man from the Skopje region.

The migrants, who are now treated as human trafficking victims, have been temporarily accommodated in a transit center for foreigners in Skopje.