Over 300 Czech Soldiers Deployed to the Country’s Border With Slovakia to Halt Illegal Migration

An additional 300 Czech soldiers have been deployed to the country’s border with Slovakia in order to halt the migrant flood.

According to the report of Eturbo News, the 300 soldiers from Czechia will assist in the South Moravian, Zlin, and Moravian-Silesian areas, in conducting border controls, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“A total of 320 soldiers of the armed forces of the Czech Republic will be prepared, who will be deployed in 4 rotations. These are soldiers from ground forces units, who will be supplemented by members of the active reserve. Soldiers will perform tasks in joint patrols,” the Army of Czechia pointed out in this regard.

Authorities in Czechia reintroduced their border controls last month at the border with Slovakia, following the increase in the number of illegal migrants, the majority of them Syrian citizens coming from Turkey.

Earlier this week, the government of the Czech Republic announced an extension of security measures on the border for an additional 20 days until late October. The decision was confirmed by Czechia’s Minister of Interior, Vít Rakušan, while he confirmed that border controls on the Czech-Slovak border would not be dropped after October 7.

The decision came after about 12,000 illegal migrants were detained this year, which means that the figures surpassed those of the migrant crisis of 2015.

Officials in the Czech Republic announced that they checked nearly 200,000 people and a total of 120,000 vehicles as of October 5.

“We found over 1,600 people involved in illegal transit migration. We did not allow more than 500 people into the territory of the Czech Republic,” the chief of the Czech Foreign Police pointed out in this regard.

Last month, authorities in Czechia announced that in the first eight hours of border checks that were reintroduced at the Slovakian border, about 120 illegal migrants were intercepted.

Authorities in the Czech Republic announced that of the total number of illegal migrants intercepted on September 29, a total of 15 of them were hidden in a van. Besides, it was also reported that on the same day, authorities in Czechia detained nine suspected people smugglers.

At the same time, authorities in Slovakia announced that border police officials detained more than 800 illegal migrants since the end of September after the country began carrying out increased patrolling near the border with Hungary.

The Ministry of Interior of Slovakia said that following the introduction of border checks by authorities in Czechia and Austria, the patrol activity near the border with these two countries intensified, which led to the detection of illegal migrants as well as people smugglers.

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