Dozens of Syrian refugees, most of them women and children, protested Wednesday at the German embassy in Athens against what they called Berlin's refusal to allow them to reunite with their families.

Some 150 people including Iraqis, Afghans and ethnic Kurds, from various camps in mainland Greece, held up signs in English reading "The right to reunite is not a crime" and "No more waiting."

"Germany wants to block or delay reunion and leave our families divided," Shaker Khalil, one of the protest organisers, told AFP.

"At the moment, just 70 cases are accepted on a monthly basis when three times that number is needed," he said.

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