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Illegal Migration: Army Boat to Patrol Tisza

Fanni Kaszás 2020.01.13.

The 1st Explosive Ordinance Disposal and River Flotilla Regiment Honvédof the Hungarian Defense Forces, are working together with the police as of Monday to continuously patrol the Tisza river to control water traffic and prevent illegal crossing of the state border, the Ministry of Defense (HM) announced Friday night.

According to reports, large numbers of illegal border crossings are occurring along the Hungarian border through the Tisza and Holt-Tisza rivers, using boats and other vessels. Therefore, in view of the situation in the Csongrád county section of the border, the National Police Headquarters requested the assistance of the Hungarian Defense Forces.

photo: MTI/Czeglédi Zsolt

To this end, the patrol boat ‘Baja’ of the Honvéd Regiment of the Hungarian Defense Forces will conduct continuous patrols in the designated area of the Tisza, in the region of Szeged as of Monday. The ship was transported on road from the capital’s military port to Kisköre on Saturday morning, from where it continued its journey on the Tisza through the Kisköre Vízlépcső-Szeged route.

Interior ministry official warns of increasing migration pressure

In the first twelve days of the year, a total 1,630 migrants made attempts to illegally enter Hungary, the interior ministry’s state secretary told a press conference on Monday.

Károly Kontrát noted that last year 17,200 illegal entrants were stopped.

Referring to information from Frontex, Kontrát said that in 2019 the number of migrants along the Balkans route had doubled. Currently, there are about 100,000 migrants on their way to Europe and “more and more are approaching the Hungarian border”, he said.

featured photo: Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI