BELRADE, Serbia (TUSEN) — A man was shot and wounded and several others were detained after reports of a clash between migrants in a northern Serbian town on the border with Hungary, police said Friday.
Police said they had found a 20-year-old man shot twice in the chest after responding late Thursday to calls from Horgos residents that groups of migrants were shooting at each other in the town. Six others were also found at the scene.
The incident comes as the number of migrants trying to reach Western Europe via the Balkans has increased significantly in recent months. Migrants come to Serbia from North Macedonia and Bulgaria before attempting to cross over to European Union member states, Hungary and Croatia.
Hundreds of migrants are believed to camp on Serbia’s border with Hungary and make numerous attempts to cross a fence at the border, usually with the help of people smugglers. Migrants are often pushed back by Hungarian police and spend months in the area before they manage to reach Western Europe.
Serbian police said they have launched an operation to detain all those involved in Thursday’s shooting incident and attempted migrant smuggling using drones.
Serbian media reports that surveillance videos from Horgos show large groups of men with automatic weapons moving through the town towards the Hungarian border.
Most of the migrants traveling through the Balkans come from Afghanistan and Syria, while others come from countries in the Middle East, Africa or Asia. Serbia, Hungary and Austria recently announced a joint effort to curb migration across the region.
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