SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on Europe’s immigration crisis (all times local):
Bosnian police say 18 migrants have been injured under unspecified circumstances as they tried to enter the European Union by illegally crossing the Bosnia-Croatia border.
Police said Wednesday they discovered the migrants near the Croatian border and are investigating the incident involving mostly Pakistani nationals. Officials said six men have been kept at a local hospital with mostly leg injuries.
Bosnian news portal Klix said the migrants were pushed back overnight by Croatian border guards who illegally crossed into Bosnia in the process.
Migrants stuck in Bosnia claim the Croatian border guards regularly beat them when they try to clandestinely enter the EU-member country. Croatian officials have repeatedly denied the claims.
Thousands of migrants are stuck in northwestern Bosnia hoping to move toward Europe’s prosperous heartland.
A spokeswoman for the European Union’s executive arm says it is assessing a request by Cyprus to relocate 5,000 migrants to other member-states.
EU Commission spokeswoman Annika Breidthardt said Wednesday the 28-member bloc stands ready to boost financial and operational support to help the east Mediterranean island nation.
In a letter to EU’s migration commissioner, Cyprus’ Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said the country is stretched to the point where it might not be able to help migrants in real need of protection.