Croatia: 42 migrants hospitalised after found packed in van

Thousands of migrants are stranded in neighbouring Serbia looking for ways to reach western Europe.

By: AP | Zagreb (croatia) | Published:December 18, 2016 5:52 pm

 

Migrants try to board a train in Tovarnik, Croatia, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. The train with eleven carriages left Friday morning carrying hundreds to refugee centers in the capital Zagreb and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) Migrants try to board a train in Tovarnik, Croatia. (AP Photo)

Authorities in Croatia said 42 migrants have been hospitalised after several dozen, including children, were found packed in a van travelling through the country. Emergency doctors said on Sunday that most were suffering from carbon-monoxide poisoning and some were unconscious. Doctor Maja Grba Buljevic told the Hina news agency their condition has improved.

Croatia’s state TV said a total of 62 people, including children, were in the van when it was stopped late Saturday by traffic police on a road near the town of Novska, by the Bosnian border. The report said all the migrants were male, from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and smuggled illegally into the country. It says a police statement is expected later in the day.

Thousands of migrants are stranded in neighbouring Serbia looking for ways to reach western Europe.

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