Croatia building fence on border with Serbia - reports

Traffic the Bezdan-Batina border crossing between Serbia and Croatia has been suspended on the Croatian side on Wednesday evening and overnight.

Source: B92
(Getty Images, file)
(Getty Images, file)

According to Croatia's Jutarnji List daily, the reason is a fence Croatia is building on the border. The newspaper quoted the police in the Osijek-Baranja region as confirming that works to build the fence that started last night resumed on Thursday.

The reason behind the sudden decision to build a border fence were not address in the police statement, the daily added. This is the first time that Croatia is building a fence on one of its borders with neighboring countries.

Croatia's state broadcaster HRT said there was "a sizable group of refugees" near the crossing, on the Serbian side, and that this was "the real reason for the closing of the border." Reportedly 700 refugees arrived in the town of Sombor in northern Serbia - and the border has been closed as a precaution.

The Croatian Auto-Club (HAK), however, said the border was closed due to works being carried out on the DC 212 bridge.

Traffic was suspended on both sides of the Batina border crossing on Wednesday, starting a little after 20:00 CET, with no announcement and no explanation. This resulted in a huge traffic jam, while increased presence of the riot police was also spotted at the border.

The Serbian Interior Ministry (MUP) said on Thursday they received no official notification from Croatian counterparts concerning the reason the border crossing was closed last night, adding that as of Thursday afternoon, it was open to passenger and cargo traffic.


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