Hungary fires tear gas, water cannon at refugees

Hungarian police have fired tear gas and water cannon against protesting refugees who are demanding entry from Serbia.

The move on Wednesday came after “the crowd on the Serbian side became aggressive and threw stones, bottles and sticks at police on the Hungarian side and crossed the barrier at the border,” Hungarian police said.

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom, reporting from the Serbian side of the border in Horgos village, said that the refugees were angry for being “detained” at the border on their way to their final destination – Germany.

“Hungarians are standing strong on their pledge to not allow refugees into Hungary. They have now criminalised illegal crossings into Hungary and we suspect that’s the reason why they deployed the water cannons,” Jamjoom said.

Meanwhile, the first refugees crossed the Serbia-Croatian frontier on Wednesday, carving out a new route through Europe after Hungary sealed its borders.

Croatian police on Wednesday said they were registering refugees entering from Serbia and would transport them to reception centres near the capital Zagreb.

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