Thu, 08 Dec 2022

PRAGUE, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-one people were injured on Saturday after "a van carrying Syrian migrants" fleeing from a police patrol at a border crossing crashed near Breclav, southeast Czech Republic, the Czech News Agency (CTK) reported.

Six people suffered serious injuries, while 15 were injured moderately and slightly, it said, adding that all the injured were taken to hospital.

The incident occurred in the morning when the van, reportedly carrying 29 migrants, did not stop for a check at the border crossing with Slovakia. It continued at high speed and lost control at a crossroads, crashing into two parked cars, a road sign and a house, according to the report.

The driver of the van was detained.

The Czech Republic resumed inspections at its border with Slovakia for at least 10 days from Sept. 29 till Oct. 8, in a bid to crack down on illegal migration and organized smuggling groups.

According to the Czech Ministry of Interior, illegal migration has increased annually and since the beginning of this year, police have detained about 11,000 illegal border crossers.

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