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79 migrants hidden in a truck stopped in North Macedonia

Posted at 2:35 AM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 05:35:46-04

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have detained and plan to deport back to neighboring Greece 79 migrants found hidden in a truck near the two countries’ border.

A police statement says the migrants were discovered by a joint border patrol of officers from North Macedonia and Hungary Sunday on a road near the southern border town of Gevgelija.

The truck driver was arrested and the migrants were transferred to a shelter center in Gevgelija ahead of their deportation.

Monday’s police statement provided no details on the migrants’ nationalities.

Despite a series of border closures in 2016, thousands of migrants who enter Greece illegally from Turkey continue to trek through the Balkans as they seek to reach Europe’s prosperous heartland.