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Fence-building Hungary defends action over 'brutal threat'

Hungary's prime minister has said eastern European nations are forced to protect themselves from the "brutal threat" of mass migration until the EU organises a united response to the refugee crisis.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has built a fence to keep out refugees on the Serbian border and is rapidly constructing a similar 3.5-metre-high steel fence on the Croatian border.

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Hungary starts building fence on Croatian border

Hungary has started to build a fence on its border with Croatia in a bid to stem the increasing pressure faced by the number of refugees crossing into Europe through its borders, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said today.

Orban referred to the construction as a "fast-solution fence" which would cover the 41-kilometre stretch of the border between the two countries. Work is expected to be completed by Friday.

Migrants and refugees have been seen queuing at border checkpoints Credit: RTV

Earlier this week the country erected a 109-mile razor wire fence on its border with Serbia and police confirmed today that close to 500 people had been detained after crossing into the south of Hungary from Croatia yesterday.

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