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Croatia: 42 migrants hospitalised after found packed in van

Emergency doctors said today most were suffering from carbon-monoxide poisoning

Published: 18th December 2016 04:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th December 2016 04:10 PM   |  A+A-

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Refugees and supporters sit on the roadway in front of the border station of Obretzje and block the highway between Croatia and Slovenian, in Obretzje in Slovenia. |AP

By PTI

ZAGREB( CROATIA): Authorities in Croatia say 42 migrants have been hospitalised after several dozen, including children, were found packed in a van travelling through the country.

Emergency doctors said today most were suffering from carbon-monoxide poisoning and some were unconscious. Doctor Maja Grba Buljevic told the Hina news agency their condition has improved.

Croatia's state TV says a total of 62 people, including children, were in the van when it was stopped late Saturday by traffic police on a road near the town of Novska, by the Bosnian border.

The report says all the migrants were male, from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and smuggled illegally into the country. It says a police statement is expected later today.

Thousands of migrants are stranded in neighbouring Serbia looking for ways to reach western Europe.

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