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Exhausted Syrian Migrant Dies in Slovenia

Exhausted Syrian Migrant Dies in Slovenia

Friday, 8 November, 2019 - 12:00
In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 23, workers put up a border fence next to the Kupa river on the Slovenia-Croatia border in the village of Preloka, Slovenia. Police in Croatia say a migrant has died after a van carrying 12 of them plunged into a river near the border with Slovenia. AP

Police in Slovenia reported that a 20-year-old refugee from Syria has died after family members rescued him from a forest in the south of the country.

Police said Friday that the man died Thursday in the southern town of Ilirska Bistrica from hypothermia and exhaustion despite being given medical assistance.

They said the man called cousins who live as refugees in Germany to come find him in the forest, gave the coordinates of his position and said he was unable to continue.

After finding him, the cousins took the man to a nearby police station but doctors couldn't help him, the STA news agency reported.

The incident illustrates the dangers migrants face while trying to reach wealthy nations of the European Union.

Meanwhile, Bosnian police also said on Friday they have stopped a van carrying 17 migrants and captured two suspected people smugglers near the border with Croatia.

The migrants told the officers they were from Iraq and Syria and had no documents, according to police, the Associated Press reported.

They were stopped Thursday near the southwestern town of Ljubuski.

The van driver and another man, who was in a separate car, are now facing charges of people smuggling.

Both men are Bosnian citizens and one also holds Croatian citizenship.

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