European leaders seem to be oblivious to the ongoing migrant crisis on Hungary’s southern borders
According to local reports, an argument between a group of people smugglers ended in an hour-long shootout with one dead and six seriously injured. The incident was reported from a forested area just north of the Serbian town of Subotica (Szabadka) on Saturday morning, and involved a group of Afghan and Pakistani migrants allegedly armed with firearms. Mayor of Subotica Stevan Bakic has confirmed that despite the efforts of doctors, one person could not be resuscitated, and a sixteen year old female is in critical condition in hospital.
Local residents have alerted police after shots were heard from the Makova Sedmica forest, just south of the Hungarian border fence. According to one witness, shooting was heard for over an hour.
Special police units of the Serbian interior ministry and ambulances rushed to the place of the incident, where reportedly even police officers were fired on by armed migrants.
Six injured foreign nationals found in the area were given medical aid and were taken to hospital. The place of the incident was visited by Serbian interior minister Aleksandar Vulin.
Hungarian border protection forces have reported an increased number of illegal crossings. Since the beginning of 2022 over 100.000 migrants have been turned back by Hungarian patrols from the country’s southern borders. People smuggling is a multi-million dollar business where a number of migrant gangs compete for “customers”, resorting to increasingly violent methods to fight off rivals, as well as to intimidate police and border patrols. The Hungarian government had spent over 1.5 billion dollars on border protection since 2015, yet repeated pleas for financial support from the EU have so far fallen on deaf ears. EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has declared that the EU will not fund “barbed wire or walls”, but the escalating violence committed by illegal migrants makes a mockery of such principled declarations and sheds light on the EU’s lack of commitment towards an effective border protection policy.
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