The police did not use tear gas to calm down refugees in the reception centre in Opatovac as has been reported by some media, police spokeswoman Jelena Bikic said on Wednesday.
She explained that at one point as migrants were boarding a bus some of them started pushing each other and as children were lined up against a steel fence dividing the migrants from the buses, the police used pepper spray and some children were affected and required medical attention. The migrants then calmed down and continued embarking on the bus.
As migrants are coming from different countries and are of different ethnic groups, incidents occur from time to time. On Tuesday one migrant stabbed another and thanks to the presence of cameras it was possible to identify the attacker. The injured migrant was not in a life-threatening condition.