Bosnian authorities round up migrants amid crisis warnings

Bosnian authorities round up migrants amid crisis warnings
FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, June 19, 2019, migrants and refugees wait in line to receive supplies from the Red Cross at the Vucijak refugee camp outside Bihac, western Bosnia. Video has come to light Wednesday Oct. 16, 2019, showing many thousands of migrants being escorted by police towards migrant camps in western Bosnia. With extra police deployed to collect groups of migrants, local officials have said they can’t cope with the numbers, and have demanded help from state authorities and EU. (AP Photo/Almir Alic, FILE)

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Bosnia have rounded up hundreds of migrants and moved them to a refugee center while warning of a looming crisis ahead of upcoming winter.

A video published by local media on Wednesday shows police escorting the migrants in a long column from the town of Bihac toward the Vucjak camp, near the border with Croatia.

The Bihac authorities have faced criticism over the conditions in the tent camp, located on a former landfill and close to a mine-infested area from the 1992-95 war.

The mayor of Bihac, Suhret Fazlic, has warned this week that the city can no longer cope with thousands of people staying there in hopes of moving toward Western Europe. He has threatened to cut migrant aid to draw attention to the problem.

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