29 migrants injured in fire in BiH

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-01 18:41:42|Editor: xuxin
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SARAJEVO, June 1 (Xinhua) -- 29 people were injured on Saturday early morning when a fire broke out in a refugee camp located in the northwestern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), local media reported the same day.

A major fire broke out in the temporary objects used by several hundred migrants in Velika Kladusa, a city located 365 km northwest of the capital Sarajevo, the spokesperson of Interior Ministry of Una Sana Canton Ale Siljedic confirmed for Klix.ba news portal.

"Several injured people were given help in the health center in Velika Kladusa, while others were transferred to the cantonal hospital in neighboring city of Bihac," Siljedic said.

A great number of firefighters and emergency aid teams are at the scene.

Citing unofficial source, local media reported that the fire is caused by human negligence, but added that the exact cause will not be known until fire is completely extinguished.

Data from the operational staff meeting for migrant crisis in March showed that BiH's several refugee camps were holding 3,800 migrants.

The new increase in the arrival of migrants was recorded from January 2019 until April when 5,023 migrants entered the country, compared to a mere 755 in the whole of 2017, according to BiH Council of Ministers.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants passed through the so-called Balkan route in 2015, trying to reach Western Europe. BiH was then not part of that route.