New contingents of Hungarian police have left for North Macedonia and Serbia to assist in border protection tasks there, police said on its website on Monday.
The Hungarian police force is determined to prevent illegal migrants from entering Hungary and the European Union, the statement said. As part of its efforts serving this purpose, Hungary has offered its help to countries in the Western Balkans, it added.
Head of the national police headquarters’ border police department László Balázs bid farewell to twenty members of the 40th Hungarian contingent to Serbia and thirty members of the 45th contingent to North Macedonia on Monday.
The main task of the Hungarian police will be patrolling the border areas as well as inland areas in order to prevent and reveal illegal border crossings, the website said. The Hungarian police will also be involved in apprehending human smugglers and illegal migrants, the police website added.
The Hungarian contingents will support border protection tasks with the help of SUVs, night vision equipment and heat cameras.
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