A group of migrants attempting to cross into Croatia hold banners as they gather near the Maljevac border crossing, Velika Kladusa, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on October 25, 2018 | Photo: EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR
A group of migrants attempting to cross into Croatia hold banners as they gather near the Maljevac border crossing, Velika Kladusa, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on October 25, 2018 | Photo: EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR

Less than a week after a fire broke out in the Miral migrant reception center, the center is back in the news. A fight broke out among about 100 migrants and resulted in injuries.

The fight broke out on Tuesday night at the center, which is located in Velika Kladusa in northwest Bosnia, near the border with Croatia, media reports said. 

When police intervened, they were reportedly targeted by migrants throwing rocks, bottles, and metal bars, and three officers were injured. 

The total number of injured migrants is unknown, but the injuries themselves were reportedly slight. 

Authorities said the order was restored at the center around sunrise. 

Police arrested 20 migrants who were identified as having instigated the fight. The migrants are from Morocco, Pakistan, and Algeria, among other countries. 

Dozens wounded in fire last Saturday 

Last week, a fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning at the same Bosnian migrant reception center where the fight happened. 

Local media said 32 people were injured. Most of the injured were taken to hospital in Bihac, a town just south of the centre at the border with Croatia, which also has its own migrant reception centre.

The fire was reportedly caused by an electric hob used by the migrants. Migrants fled the centre en masse to escape the flames, with many jumping out windows. This is why many of them, in addition to burns and respiratory problems, had fractures in various parts of their bodies. The fire destroyed an entire wing of the centre, with about 250 beds. The centre in Velika Kladusa currently hosts 670 migrants. 

Many migrants trying to make it to Western Europe travel through Bosnia, which shares a border with Croatia. While Bosnia is not a member of the European Union, Croatia is. About 6,000 people have entered Bosnia and Herzegovina since the start of the year, according to the country’s security agencies.
 

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