|Truck abandoned by side of road contained 71 corpses 27/08/15|Four held over Austria truck tragedy as migrant deaths mount
Simon Sturdee with Mohamad Ali Harissi
29 August 2015
Vienna (AFP) - Hungary said Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria.
Austrian police said the truck victims were likely fleeing the war in Syria and included a toddler and three young boys.
"Among these 71 people, there were 59 men, eight women and four children including a young girl one or two years old and three boys aged eight, nine or 10," police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil told a news conference.
He said the time and cause of death still had to be determined but there was a "certain probability" they had suffocated.
Doskozil said those arrested included the owner of the vehicle and two drivers, and were likely "low-ranking members... of a Bulgarian-Hungarian human-trafficking gang".
On Friday evening, Hungarians held a vigil for the victims outside Budapest's main train station, where thousands of migrants have been sheltering for weeks.
Austrian motorway maintenance workers alerted police after noticing "decomposing body fluids" dripping from the truck, Doskozil said.
The police were confronted by an overpowering stench and a mass of tangled limbs and forensics experts worked all night to clear out the vehicle.
Television images showed flies buzzing around the back of the vehicle in the baking sun.
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Just drove past truck on A4 in Austria with 50 dead refugees inside. Terrible smell of death as we passed. pic.twitter.com/a2AiDnsy5V— Lindsey Hilsum (@lindseyhilsum) August 27, 2015
|A group of migrant women and children escorted by police wait at a collector point near Roszke village at the Hungarian-Serbian border on August 28, 2015 (AFP Photo/Attila Kisbenedek)|
More migrants are coming from Syria than any other country. "The largest migrant group by nationality in 2015 is Syrians, as people flee the country's brutal civil war." reports the BBC today. Even from North Africa, 78,190 Syrians attempted the perilous Mediterranean crossing this year. The second largest group taking that route are from Afghanistan, where they also face war. Their number was 32,581.
The movement of Africans towards Europe is a long standing fact. When Qaffadi ran Libya, the EU paid him billions of euros to keep those Africans from their shores. He kept them locked up in inhumane detection facilities or dumped them out in the desert to die with no media attention. The current "migrant" crisis is being taken to new levels because of the Syrians fleeing Assad's war against civilians. This is especially true in the past few months because as Assad has been continually losing ground, he has dramatically stepped up his campaign of "Death from Above." According to Wikipedia:
On July 9, 2015, the UNHCR reported that the number of Syrian refugees has surged to over 4,000,000 people, mostly residing in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraqi Kurdistan.The UN Information Service held a press briefing today:
During the first half of 2015, large numbers of Syrian refugees crossed into Europe, reaching 313 thousands UNHCP applications across Europe by early August 2015. The largest numbers were recorded in Germany with over 89 thousand and Sweden with over 62 thousands in early August.
Responding to a question about the root causes for the increase in refugees coming to Europe, Ms. Fleming said there were two new trends stemming from the Syria conflict. The first trend was that of worsening conditions for refugees in the neighbouring countries.
The second trend was that people continued to flee Syria to save their lives.