Migrants and police injured in Bosnia-Croatia border clashes

Refugees camped out near border, interior ministers meet

25 October, 16:16

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, OCTOBER 25 - Three migrants and three Bosnian police were injured in incidents that broke out on Wednesday evening at the Maljevac border crossing near Velika Kladusa, on the border between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.

    The police resisted the latest attempt by the migrants, after a previous one on Wednesday, to force their way into Croatian territory. The news was given on Thursday by the Bosnian police, which have been deployed in mass at the border, alongside Croatian ones on the other side of the border. The migrants threw stones and other objects at the police, who briefly charged at them to push them back. The tension on the Bosnia-Croatia border remained high on Thursday after several clashes on Wednesday between police and migrants intending to enter Croatia to continue their journey towards other EU countries in Western Europe. Bosnian media report that over the night the migrants camped out in the open air in a sort of 'no-man's-land' and lit fires to keep themselves warm. They then send groups of children and youths towards the police cordon to chant 'Open border, open border'.

    Placards and banners shown by the refugees have slogans such as 'EU, where are you?' and 'We do not want the war' written on them. Police forces have been noticeably stepped up on the Croatian side of the border and in recent hours Croatian interior minister Davor Bozinovic discussed the situation with his Bosnian counterpart Dragan Mektic. (ANSAmed).

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