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.