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Police close border at Röszke, Ásotthalom to road traffic

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MTI / Tamás Sóti

Hungarian Police closed the border crossings with Serbia at Röszke and Ásotthalom, halting road traffic this morning, according to an announcement published just before noon on the police departmentʼs official website.

Refugees wait at the Serbian side of Horgos-Röszke on the closed M5 highway today. (Photo: MTI/Tamás Sóki)

The reason for the closure, according to the announcement, is that safe  “conditions for border crossings cannot be ensured”.

According to Hungarian news reports, following the stricter border crossing laws that took effect this morning, many refugees are now lining up at the Hungarian border in Serbia, waiting to enter Hungary through the few official entry points where they are legally allowed to enter and initiate their asylum procedures.

The announcement notes that the Hungarian Police have informed the Serbian Police about the closure and adds that, once “conditions for border crossings can be controlled, regular border crossings will be reinstated”.

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