Hungary steps up defense of southern border

Government

The government has decided to set up units of "border hunters" to defend Hungary's southern border, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video message posted on Facebook on Friday, state news wire MTI reports.

Orbán said 2,200 of the border hunters would be trained and put into service as "a first step". Their number will later grow to 4,000, he added.

He pointed to risks to food supply in a number of African countries and said a food crisis would put more migration pressure on Hungary's southern borders.

"Several hundred thousand" migrants could try to enter Hungary and Europe illegally in the coming weeks and months, he added.

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