Hundreds of male refugees are stuck at the Croatian border with Slovenia, with some already waiting for three days in a stretch of no-man’s land between the two countries, hoping to get through.
Tensions ran high at a border on Sunday as refugees, blocked from entering Slovenia, shouted and kicked at the border fence near the Croatian village of Harmica, demanding entry. Around 300 refugees were stuck at the border crossing after Croatia decided to let them pass through the country on their way to Western Europe, in response to receiving more than 20,000 people over the past four days.
With the vast majority deciding to continue into Hungary and Slovenia, Slovenian authorities installed cordons of riot police at border crossings, letting only a limited number of women and families with children into the country.
Those allowed to cross into Slovenia were put on buses, taking them to reception centres elsewhere in the country, while others had no choice but to wait at the border crossing. Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee, reporting from Ljubljana on Monday, said conditions across the border in Slovenia were “very different”.