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Croatia Sends Demining Teams To Serbian Border Area

Croatia has sent demining experts to a Serbian border area where migrants are crossing by foot because of the possible danger posed by land mines left over from the 1991-95 war in Croatia.

An official at the Croatian Demining Center told the Reuters news agency on September 16 that a team of deminers was sent to a border area in eastern Croatia after a request by police.

There are reportedly six large areas in eastern Croatia -- where Croats fought against Serbian forces in the wars of Yugoslav succession -- that have an elevated risk for land mines.

One such area is along Croatia's border where it meets both Hungary and Serbia.

Hundreds of migrants were spotted crossing fields on the Croatian-Serbian border on September 16.

More than 500 people have been killed by land mines in Croatia in the past 20 years.

Hundreds of migrants began crossing the Serbian border into Croatia after Hungary sealed its border with Serbia on September 15.

Croatia expects the migrants to move into Slovenia and then Austria and Germany.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP