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Hundreds of refugees force their way across Slovenian border

Published 29/10/2015

Migrants wait to enter Austria at the Sentilj camp in Slovenia (AP)
Migrants wait to enter Austria at the Sentilj camp in Slovenia (AP)

Hundreds of asylum seekers have pushed their way over metal barriers at a camp on Slovenia's border with Austria after waiting for hours in cold weather to cross.

Up to 1,000 people who had been crammed between the barriers set up by Slovenian and Austrian police at the Sentilj camp pushed forwards on Thursday afternoon, jumping over and trampling on one another.

The unrest calmed down after police let several hundred people cross into Austria. Witnesses say they saw some people lying on stretchers.

A fight broke out between migrants at the same camp earlier on Thursday, reflecting fraying tempers among the thousands of refugees.

The process has been very slow, with people arriving in large numbers and authorities on both sides only allowing small groups to cross at a time.

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