Police Use Tear Gas, Batons to Block Migrants‘ Entrance to Croatia from Bosnia

© REUTERS / Marko DjuricaMigrants carry a woman who was injured during minor clashes with Croatian riot police at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018
Migrants carry a woman who was injured during minor clashes with Croatian riot police at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018 - Sputnik International
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Thousands of migrants are stuck in Bosnia and are now trying to enter the European Union as temperatures are dropping. It is believed that Croatia isn't their main interest, with their final destination being the wealthier countries of Western and Northern Europe.

Croatian riot police have clashed with migrants seeking to enter the country from across the Bosnian border, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of migrants broke a Bosnian police cordon and blocked the Maljevac border checkpoint in northwestern Bosnia in a bid to pressure Croatian authorities into allowing them clear path towards Western EU countries through Croatia.

They reportedly shouted "Open borders!" hurling stones at Croatian police, who responded with teargas and baton charges, leaving several people injured. A woman sustained head injuries during the clash and was rushed to hospital alongside another injured man.

© REUTERS / Marko DjuricaMigrants try to help a woman who was injured during minor clashes with Croatian riot police at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018
Migrants try to help a woman who was injured during minor clashes with Croatian riot police at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018 - Sputnik International
Migrants try to help a woman who was injured during minor clashes with Croatian riot police at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018

According to Bosnian media, the migrants had spent two nights sleeping some 100 meters from the border crossing, hoping to be allowed into Croatia. They warmed themselves next to campfires and set up improvised tents to spend cold nights.

© REUTERS / Marko DjuricaCroatian riot police stand guard in front of migrants at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018
Croatian riot police stand guard in front of migrants at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018 - Sputnik International
Croatian riot police stand guard in front of migrants at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018

"Some 100 metres off the border between Bosnia and Croatia, a group of some 80 migrants arrived at about 12:00 pm. This number increased to about 350-400 as the day went on. There are people who fall into vulnerable categories there, women and children," said Bosnian police spokesperson Sanela Dujkovic, as cited by N1 media outlet.

© REUTERS / Marko DjuricaMigrants and medic carry an injured man during minor clashes with Croatian riot police at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018
Migrants and medic carry an injured man during minor clashes with Croatian riot police at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018 - Sputnik International
Migrants and medic carry an injured man during minor clashes with Croatian riot police at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018

The migrants refused to leave, prompting Croatian police to set up a fence on their side of the border. Most of them want to travel through Croatia, heading to wealthier European Union countries.

© REUTERS / Marko DjuricaBosnian and Croatian border police stand guard in front of migrants at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018
Bosnian and Croatian border police stand guard in front of migrants at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018 - Sputnik International
Bosnian and Croatian border police stand guard in front of migrants at Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, October 24, 2018

After the official closure of the so-called Western Balkans migration route (Greece-Macedonia-Serbia-Croatia) in 2016, refugees now travel to the EU countries through a new Balkan route, increasing pressure on the reception capacities of Bosnia, Albania, and Montenegro with thousands of asylum seekers registered in these countries in early 2018

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