The troops that arrived in the northwestern town Nis to preventively control three camps hosting some 2,000 migrants had to intervene Saturday night and put 18 migrants back to the centre, Sid deputy mayor Zoran Semenovic told Serbia’s public broadcaster RTS.
Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin visited the migrant camps in Sid, saying that military presence in that area does not mean some major problems would emerge or that someone would use force but that this was helping citizens to feel safe and better, while migrants will not be allowed to make problems outside those camps.
“The situation got much stable after the Army of Serbia soldiers took their positions,” Semenovic said.
Some 70 soldiers were grouped in three migrant camps that accommodate some 1,900 migrants from 18 different countries, according to RTS.
Unregistered migrants pose a serious problem in Sid municipality, whom the locals see in their front yards, nearby forests, fields and orchards, which is why they asked the authorities to intervene.
President Aleksandar Vucic ordered the deployment as a support to the local police in Sid.