UN Urges Probe After Syrian Drowns in Hungary

UN Urges Probe After Syrian Drowns in Hungary
# 04 June 2016 21:19 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The UN refugee agency is urging authorities to investigate the death of a 22-year-old Syrian man reported to have drowned while trying to cross a river from Serbia to Hungary, APA reports quoting ABC News.

The UNHCR said Saturday that others in the group claimed they were pushed back into the Tisza River from Hungary. The agency is also concerned about allegations of the abuse of asylum-seekers by Hungarian officials, including excessive use of force.

Hungarian police rescued an Iraqi family, including three children, from the river Wednesday and said they had alerted their Serbian counterparts about the man in the river who was missing. His body was found Friday.

The UNHCR said Hungarian policies, including razor-wire fences on its borders with Serbia and Croatia, "leave people with little choice but to put their lives in the hands of ruthless smugglers, often with tragic consequences."

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