In Hungary a larger group of refugees tried to break through the Serbian-Hungarian border at the Röszke crossing. Border officials have fired three warning shots and prevented around 60 people from entering Hungarian territory, a spokeswoman for the police in the southern Hungarian city of Szeged told the state news agency MTI.
The road border crossing between Horgoš (Serbia) and Röszke (Hungary) was still closed at around 5:30 a.m. at the time of the incident. It operates daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and is located a few hundred meters from the Röszke motorway border crossing, which is open around the clock.
In autumn 2015, at the height of the refugee movement to Europe, Hungary had closed off its entire border with its southern neighbor Serbia with fences and barriers. The fence between the two border crossings at Röszke was damaged in the incident.
Hungary has an extremely restrictive asylum policy under the right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Because of the border barriers on the Serbian and Croatian border, alternative escape routes have now become established that lead through Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.
The route through Hungary continues to be used, however, because a significant tug infrastructure has developed over the past decades as a result of the wars in Yugoslavia. According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, almost 6,000 refugees and migrants are stuck in Serbia. Most of them are waiting for an opportunity to progress through Bosnia, Croatia or Hungary.