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Feb 09, 2017

Hungarian defense forces announce completion of border protection base

The Kelebia border protection base has been completed on the Hungary-Serbian border and the installation of bases at Bácsalmás, Madaras and Hercegszántó are expected to be finished by the spring

The Hungarian defense forces have announced that the Kelebia border protection base has been completed on the Hungary-Serbian border.

Chief of Defense Gen. Dr Tibor Benkő also announced that the installations at Bácsalmás, Madaras and Hercegszántó are expected to be finished by the spring. Each facility will provide modern field accommodation for altogether 600 men.

The defense chief said that soldiers will be on duty along the border until the end of the migration pressure on Hungary. He added that he hopes that their strength can be reduced by building the second fence, which would enable allocating more time for purposes of their training and preparation.

He pointed out that increasing attention is being focused on the Serbian-Hungarian border section where the soldiers have constructed some 170-km-long barrier system. The same border protection system has been constructed along the Croatian-Hungarian border with a length of 136 kilometers.

Gen. Tibor Benkő said that over the last one and a half years, more than 15,000 soldiers have already been assigned to border protection duties. Furthermore, in 2016, Hungarian troops have participated in more than 40 domestic and international exercises and carried out tasks in foreign missions in 12 different places on three continents.