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Greek buses sent to Idomeni camp to pick up refugees

  • A migrant girl exits a tent in a makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, March 25, 2016. Some 12,000 people remain at the border camp near the village of Idomeni, most living in squalid conditions. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    A migrant girl exits a tent in a makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, March 25, 2016. Some 12,000 people remain at the border camp near the village of Idomeni, most living in squalid conditions. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Catholic Syrian refugees attend a service with a local woman, right, at a Greek Orthodox church in the village of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, March 25, 2016. Some 12,000 people remain at the border camp near the village of Idomeni, most living in squalid conditions. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Catholic Syrian refugees attend a service with a local woman, right, at a Greek Orthodox church in the village of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, March 25, 2016. Some 12,000 people remain at the border camp near the village of Idomeni, most living in squalid conditions. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Catholic Syrian refugees attend a service with a local woman, right, in the Greek Orthodox church in the village of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, March 25, 2016. Some 12,000 people remain at the border camp near the village of Idomeni, most living in squalid conditions. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Catholic Syrian refugees attend a service with a local woman, right, in the Greek Orthodox church in the village of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, March 25, 2016. Some 12,000 people remain at the border camp near the village of Idomeni, most living in squalid conditions. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

A fleet of buses has arrived in the sprawling refugee camp of Idomeni on Greece's northern border with Macedonia to take some of the estimated 12,000 people stranded there to nearby refugee camps.

Authorities sent 20 buses to transport 1,000 people to refugee camps set up in northern Greece. But refugees were reluctant to board as they had not been informed of where they would be taken.

Greece's border with Macedonia has been shut to refugees since earlier this month after a string of countries shut down what has become known as the western Balkan route which migrants used to go from Greece to central and northern Europe.

Those stranded in the camp and surrounding fields have been living in dire conditions in small tents pitched in muddy fields.