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Nov 23, 2016

Defense chief inspects the Hungarian-Serbian border

Several thousand soldiers patrol the border sections 24 hours a day, participating in search and sweep operations and securing the surveillance of the area of responsibility with UAVs and rotary-wing aircraft

Chief of Hungary's defense, General Tibor Benkő, has paid a visit to the Hungarian–Serbian border to inspect the soldiers on duty there.

General Benkő met with soldiers performing patrol duties in the Hódmezővásárhely–Kelebia–Bácsalmás region.

Several thousand soldiers patrol the border sections 24 hours a day, participating in search and sweep operations and securing the surveillance of the area of responsibility with UAVs and rotary-wing aircraft.

The chief of defense said that thanks are due to everybody who is contributing to the success of the work being done there through their dedicated service in the interest of Hungary and also of Europe for more than one and a half years.

He pointed out that the number of illegal migrants entering the area of Hungary has sharply dropped since, in cooperation with the police, the Hungarian Defense Forces launched Operation “Joint Will” along the southern borders of the country. This trend is a clear sign of how effectively the forces and technical equipment deployed there are deterring illegal migrants, who earlier were flowing into Hungary by the hundreds of thousands.

The chief of defense explained that it depends on the soldiers and policemen protecting our borders under challenging circumstances whether Hungary will continue to be able to successfully counter this threat.