Slovenia begins “intensive protection” of border


Slovenian police began “intensive protection” of the state border early on Monday, Maribor Police Department spokesman Bojan Kitel said.

Barriers have been set up and a large number of policemen deployed near the Sredisce Ob Dravi border crossing to prevent the entry of migrants who were brought by train last night from Opatovac in eastern Croatia. Slovenia says it does not have the capacity to receive so many people, and Slovenian police have confirmed that this border crossing has been closed to all traffic.

Kitel said that 150 women and children were allowed into the country at Sredisce Ob Dravi at about 4.30am, including a pregnant woman who was taken to hospital.

All the accommodation facilities in Slovenia are filled to capacity and Austria has said it is taking no more migrants, Kitel said.

Slovenian media quoted a report by the Austrian APA news agency as saying that Austria has not completely stopped taking migrants from Slovenia but that it cannot increase their intake and will maintain it at the present level.