Serbian police break up people-smuggling gang, find migrants




  • In US
  • 2022-07-26 09:58:59Z
  • By Associated Press

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Serbia's police broke up a people-smuggling gang near the border with Hungary early on Tuesday, and found various weapons and hundreds of passports and other documents taken from migrants trying to reach Western Europe, officials said.

Police also discovered 120 migrants, including women and children, during the operation in the area of Mali Horgos, a statement said.

Tuesday's operation is the second this month against people-smugglers along the border with Serbia's European Union neighbor Hungary. Stepped-up police activity has followed a clash in the area in early July that left one person dead.

Police said they found both firearms and other weapons with the smugglers.

"Any human being on our territory has the right to be respected, and to dignity," said Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin.

People fleeing violence or poverty in the Middle East, Africa or Asia have been stranded by the Hungarian border hoping to cross from the Balkan country and move further west.

Sneaking over Serbia's northern border often takes months because Hungary has put up two rows of barbed wire fence and deployed heavy security. Migrants therefore often turn to people-smugglers in order to continue their journey toward the EU's more prosperous nations.

Migrants routinely face perils on their long journeys toward better lives. From Serbia, migrants also cross into Croatia, Bosnia or Romania.

___

Follow AP's coverage of migration issues at https://apnews.com/hub/migration

COMMENTS

More Related News

EU to stand firm in clash with Poland over cash, officials say
EU to stand firm in clash with Poland over cash, officials say

Brussels is unlikely to back down on its demand that Poland respect the rule of law to receive post-pandemic recovery funds, officials said, despite threats...

Russian oil shipments to central Europe expected to resume
Russian oil shipments to central Europe expected to resume
  • US
  • 2022-08-10 10:41:35Z

Oil shipments from Russia through a critical pipeline to several European countries should resume soon after a problem over payments for the transit was...

Greece to exit EU
Greece to exit EU's 'enhanced surveillance' framework after 12 years

Greece will exit the European Union's so-called enhanced surveillance framework on August 20, its finance minister said on Wednesday, a move that will allow ...

Estonia, Finland want Europe to end Russian tourist visas
Estonia, Finland want Europe to end Russian tourist visas
  • US
  • 2022-08-09 10:02:16Z

The leaders of Estonia and Finland want fellow European countries to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, saying they should not be able to take...

Brexit Red Tape Hurt Irish Firms More Than Covid Supply Snarls
Brexit Red Tape Hurt Irish Firms More Than Covid Supply Snarls
  • World
  • 2022-08-09 07:53:18Z

(Bloomberg) -- More than half of Irish businesses said they experienced increased regulatory burdens because of Brexit in 2020 -- exceeding the 40% that...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US