Fire breaks out at Slovenia refugee camp housing thousands (VIDEO)
A large fire has broken out at refugee camp in Slovenia with firefighters trying to put it out and Slovenian riot police in full gear on standby. More than 1,000 migrants were dropped at the Slovenian border by train from Croatia early Wednesday.
It’s not yet clear what caused the fire at the camp located in Brezice near the Slovenian border with Croatia. A report on Twitter claimed refugees set fire to tents.
However, AP reported that a many refugees have been lighting fires to keep warm in the cold weather.
Breaking: Lage droht zu eskalieren. Brezice,#Slowenien. #Flüchtlinge zünden Zelte an. Protest. N24 pic.twitter.com/1yKzHnB8oV— Steffen Schwarzkopf (@S_Schwarzkopf) October 21, 2015
Emergency workers have been helping those at the camp, with riot police managing the situation as fire and smoke spread through the camp. Ambulances have also been spotted at the scene.
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Thousands of refugees were transported to the border by train from Croatia overnight. Later, dozens of them became stranded and entered Slovenia, crossing the Sutla River, with temperatures reaching below zero. Once in Slovenia, police surrounded them.
Brezice,#Slowenien:Soldaten mit Maschinengewehren an #Flüchtlingslager. Warum?#Flüchtlinge fordern Öffnung Lager N24 pic.twitter.com/srECDm6BIP— Steffen Schwarzkopf (@S_Schwarzkopf) October 21, 2015
“The river is very cold, up to my head here, the water is very big, for that we decided to come here and water was here. We need help, we need dress, we need food, now we are all wet,” an Iraqi man identified as Cege told AP.
All in all, more than 20,000 refugees have crossed the Slovenian border over the past few days, due to the closing of the route from Croatia through Hungary.