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Röszke border crossing closes for 30 days

Hungary is closing the border crossing of Röszke-Horgos at the Serbian border for 30 days, starting from today, under an order from Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

A section of the border fence at Röszke that was reportedly breached by someone entering Hungary without permission. (Photo: MTI/Tamás Sóki)

The reason given for the closure is a need to protect public security, MTI reported. The temporary closure of the border concerns the Röszke-Horgos motorway border crossing and the Röszke-Horgos road border crossing, MTI added.

Since stricter border laws took effect on Tuesday, the border has been closed to refugees, and climbing past the border fence is considered a crime, resulting in legal proceedings. The majority of the refugees previously waiting at the Serbian-Hungarian border recently started journeying towards Croatia, bypassing Hungary, news reports suggest.