More than 2,000 refugees and migrants have left the Idomeni camp

The evacuation of the informal refugee camp at the northern Greek town of Idomeni began early on Tuesday morning, with major police forces standing by. The entire police operation is expected to last about a week. Jounalists and volunteers have been blocked off from the area.

Police said that 42 coaches carrying more than 2,000 refugees and migrants have left the camp, bound for various accommodation centres in Thessaloniki and nearby areas.

A strong contingent of police will remain on the scene while the evacuation process continues, until the camp hosting roughly 9,000 people in the last months has fully emptied.