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26/02/2016 05:22 GMT | Updated 26/02/2016 15:59 GMT

Disturbing Pictures Show Migrants Attempting Suicide In Athens As Greek Crisis Deepens

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Disturbing images of two desperate men trying to commit suicide in Greece have emerged as thousands of migrants are left stranded after Macedonia shut its borders this week.

The Pakistani men were cut down by bystanders from the tree in central Athens' Victoria Square on Thursday.

Bystanders reportedly said that the two men were upset because of delays to their planned travel to northern Greece. One of the men was unconscious and was taken to hospital.

Thousands of migrants have been pictured queuing for food distributed by the Greek army at a transit camp in the western Athens' suburb of Schisto.

It is estimated that about 4,000 migrants and refugees continue to arrive on Greek territory daily.

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged European Union countries to do more to share the burden of the crisis.

Speaking to parliament on Wednesday, Tsipras said: "We will not accept turning the country into a permanent warehouse of souls with Europe continuing to function as if nothing is happening."

He continued: "Greece will not agree to deals (in the EU) if a mandatory allocation of burdens and responsibilities among member countries is not secured."

Migrants try to hang themselves in Greece

The UN Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday that Europe is backing into an even greater refugee crisis by tightening border restrictions.

Filippo Grandi said: "I am very worried about the news we are getting about the increasing closures of the European borders along the Balkans route.

"Because that will create further chaos and confusion and it will increase the burden on Greece which is already shouldering a big responsibility managing these people.

"We are worried that these closings are happening and that there are no corresponding openings through relocation and resettlement."

Useful websites and helplines:

  • Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill.)
  • Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393
  • Get Connected is a free advice service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email: help@getconnected.org.uk
  • HopeLine runs a confidential advice helpline if you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide. Mon-Fri 10-5pm and 7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm on 0800 068 41 41