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Italy: Refugees detained crossing Roja River into France near Ventimiglia02:26

Italy: Refugees detained crossing Roja River into France near Ventimiglia

Italy, Ventimiglia
June 27, 2017 at 17:48 GMT -00:00 · Published

A handful of refugees were apprehended by border police near the Ponte San Luigi crossing between France and Italy, near Ventimiglia on Tuesday.

One refugee, unable to withhold his tears, said the group was captured when they went to drink from the Roya River. Meanwhile, authorities arranged for three buses to transport the refugees to Genova, where they will board an airplane that will return them to their countries of origin.

On Monday, dozens of migrants marched through the Roja River across the border town of Ventimiglia, in a bid to reach the neighbouring French borders. The migrants’ journey came following an attempt by Italian authorities to evict the group from a makeshift camp on the river banks.

On Sunday night the municipal district of Ventimiglia ordered the clearance of the area along the Roja River in Ventimiglia, where some 400 refugees were camped, prompting the group to march towards France. Police deployed tear gas against the refugees who retreated to the Roja River in Roverino village seeking to bypass the police barricade.

Italy: Refugees detained crossing Roja River into France near Ventimiglia02:26
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A handful of refugees were apprehended by border police near the Ponte San Luigi crossing between France and Italy, near Ventimiglia on Tuesday.

One refugee, unable to withhold his tears, said the group was captured when they went to drink from the Roya River. Meanwhile, authorities arranged for three buses to transport the refugees to Genova, where they will board an airplane that will return them to their countries of origin.

On Monday, dozens of migrants marched through the Roja River across the border town of Ventimiglia, in a bid to reach the neighbouring French borders. The migrants’ journey came following an attempt by Italian authorities to evict the group from a makeshift camp on the river banks.

On Sunday night the municipal district of Ventimiglia ordered the clearance of the area along the Roja River in Ventimiglia, where some 400 refugees were camped, prompting the group to march towards France. Police deployed tear gas against the refugees who retreated to the Roja River in Roverino village seeking to bypass the police barricade.

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