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Refugees continue hunger strike on border, 15 hospitalized

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The health condition of refugees who went on hunger strike six days ago near the Serbian-Hungarian border has worsened with 15 of them hospitalized, according to news reports yesterday based on the on-site correspondent of public television M1. 

U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell (in blue) tours the transit zone for asylum seekers at  Röszke, next to Hungaryʼs border with Serbia, yesterday. (Photo: MTI/Gergely Zoltán)

Nearly 70 migrants were involved in the action, demanding that Hungary open its border to them so they can continue their journeys to western Europe, online portal origo.hu reported.

Some 130 refugees arrived at a field in Serbia near the Hungarian border on Sunday, after traveling by foot from Belgrade according to reports. Originally there were said to be 300-400 refugees involved in the march, but many apparently gave up along the way.

On Wednesday, the fourth day of their strike, protesting refugees had their mouths taped closed and were only allowing themselves drinks of water, according to reports. They have been sitting in the hot sun all day, which made their conditions worse.

The refugees said they don’t want to go to Hungary; they want “free passage” to western Europe, according to M1’s report.

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