Croatia is building a fence on its border with Serbia. Construction, which started on June 30, caused traffic along the Bezdan-Batina border crossing between the two countries to be suspended.
As reported by Belgrade’s B92 online news site, the reason behind the sudden decision to build a border fence has yet to be officially announced. This is the first time that Croatia is building a fence on one of its borders with neighbouring countries.
However, Croatia’s state broadcaster HRT has said there is “a sizable group of refugees” near the crossing, on the Serbian side, and that this was “the real reason for the closing of the border”.
The Reuters news agency reported that some 650,000 migrants, mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis, crossed Croatia on their way to the European Union’s visa-free Schengen zone.