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Refugee crisis: Austria and Slovakia reinstate border controls

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Brussels: Austria and Slovakia on Monday reinstated border controls in order to handle the huge influx of refugees into their countries. On Sunday, Germany had implemented similar controls at the border, and it had halted all the train traffic with Austria.

Photo Credit: www.ibtimes.co.uk
Photo Credit: www.ibtimes.co.uk

Austria will deploy army at the borders to control the influx of people who are entering Austria from Hungary. It said that it would start arresting illegal migrants starting Tuesday.

Hungary has also sent hundreds of new policemen to its southern borders with Serbia to handle the migrant crisis.

Meanwhile, Germany has admitted that the influx of millions of refugees from Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan is causing chaos and has forced it to reverse its decision about accepting refugees.

Luxembourg minister Jean Asselborn, who is chairing the EU talks about re-distribution of the 160,000 migrants said: “We have to pull ourselves together today; if not, Europe will be torn apart.”

(With inputs from IANS)

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Libya Militias Conscript Migrants to Work in Weapons Workshop

For months they were sent day and night to a workshop inside the Tajoura detention center

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Migrants, Libya Militias, Weapons
Debris covers the ground after an airstrike at a detention center in Tajoura, east of Tripoli in Libya, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. VOA

Migrants who survived the deadly airstrike on a Libyan detention center say they had been conscripted by a local militia to work in an adjacent weapons workshop.

Two migrants told The Associated Press on Thursday that for months they were sent day and night to a workshop inside the Tajoura detention center, which housed hundreds of African migrants.

A young migrant who has been held for nearly two years at Tajoura says “we clean the anti-aircraft guns. I saw a large amount of rockets and missiles too.”

The migrants spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.

Migrants, Libya Militias, Weapons
Migrants who survived the deadly airstrike on a Libyan detention center say they had been conscripted. Pixabay

Libya’s warring parties are trading accusations for Wednesday’s strike, which killed at least 44 migrants.

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Aid agencies say even after the strikes, there is no plan for evacuating the facility. (VOA)