Refugee Crisis Turns Violent on Hungarian Border

Police turn water cannons, tear gas on rioting migrants

The Syrian refugee crisis turned violent on the Hungarian border Wednesday after migrants broke through the razor wire at Hungary's border, resulting in a "tense standoff" with Hungarian police, who eventually turned water cannons and tear gas on the rioting immigrants.

The situation at Hungary's Serbian border has grown increasingly tense since the country established a fence to keep back illegal crossings. While many migrants are now redirecting to neighboring Croatia, which has vowed to help them "regardless of their religion and the color of their skin" to move through their country, many asylum-seekers are insistent on getting into Hungary.

AP provided updates of chaotic situation on Hungary's border:

3:20 p.m.

Hungarian police have used tear gas after hundreds of migrants broke through a razor wire fence on the border with Serbia.

The police stopped the crowd, who threw plastic water bottles at them. There were no reports of injuries. Several people were seen with tears in their eyes from the gas.

The crowd coming in from the Serbian border town of Horgos remained in front of the gate facing the police cordon. A Hungarian water cannon was parked facing them.

3:50 p.m.

There's a tense standoff at the border between Hungary and Serbia after migrants broke through a razor-wire border fence and Hungarian forces hit them with pepper spray.

The Hungarian forces blocked the migrants from entering Wednesday near the Serbian town of Horgos.

Some migrant women have pushed to the front of the crowd and held small babies and children above their heads as they faced police in an obvious appeal for mercy.

Hungary on Tuesday shut down its border with Serbia, saying it had to protect the European Union's external border.

3:55 p.m.

Hungarian police are now spraying water cannons at migrants trying to come in at a border crossing with Serbia.

4 p.m.

Hungarian border police have again sprayed tear gas at migrants along the border with Serbia, triggering a panicky stampede by the crowd, which included many women and children, away from the border gate.

Many people were in tears trying to wash away the gas from their eyes.

4:30 p.m.

Serbian police have sent ambulances to the border after Hungarian police sprayed tear gas and water cannons at migrants trying to break through a border post. It was not clear how many people were injured. Many migrants are crying from the tear gas.

Hungary is now asking Serbia to take action to control the rioting immigrants. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke Wednesday about finding a "political solution" to end Syria's civil war, shut down traffickers, and handle the nearly 2 million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey. 

Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar Assad is blaming Europe for the crisis in his country, arguing that for four years the West has failed to help him combat extremists, resulting in the bloodshed and mass exodus. 

"If you are worried about them (refugees), stop supporting terrorists," Assad said in an interview with the Russian media Wednesday. Accusing Europe of having a glaring double standard, Assad asked "How can one be indignant about a drowned child and remain silent about the deaths of thousands of children, elderly people, women and men killed by terrorists in Syria?"

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