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Migrants Storming Röszke Border Fence Receive Prison Sentences

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.01.31.

A Szeged court on Thursday handed prison sentences to four migrants who were arrested after storming the Hungary-Serbia border fence on Tuesday morning. The men, two Syrians and two Palestinians, must serve a year in prison, the court ruled.

The men were part of a group of some 80 migrants who tried to break through the border fence near Röszke early on Tuesday. The men also received a four-year expulsion order from Hungary under the first-instance ruling.

Migrants Try to Break Through Border Fence at Röszke

Police prevented the majority of people from entering the country, while a handful managed to cross the border.

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A fifth man, an Algerian who scaled the border fence independently of the crowd of migrants, was sentenced to ten months in prison. The court also ordered his expulsion for a period of four years.

Featured photo by Zoltán Gergely Kelemen/MTI