A 15-year-old from the Harmanli refugee centre in southern Bulgaria has been taken to hospital with a brain haemorrhage, reports on November 27 said.
The teenager, reportedly among those being transported from the camp after the November 24 clashes with police, was first treated in hospital in Yambol and then was transported to the neurosurgical ward of the hospital in Stara Zagora, where an emergency operation was carried out.
The 15-year-old was reported to be in critical condition and on assisted respiration. It was not clear what led to his condition. Prosecutors were investigating.
It was reported that the teenager was among those being transported from Harmanli to a closed camp after taking part in the November 24 unrest.
A total of 19 people, most if not all said to be from Afghanistan, were facing criminal charges in connection with the events at Bulgaria’s Harmanli refugee camp, officials said on November 27.
One, Afghan citizen Bahir Yanural – who is allegedly to set fire to a Bulgarian flag, a charge he denies – was on November 27 remanded in custody pending trial.
Yanural was arrested on the charges in the clash with police on November 24. He is said to have been denied refugee status on November 22. Reports said that he had been intending to cross the Serbian border to reach France.
Bulgaria’s government said on November 27 that work was continuing to setting up a fence to surround the Harmali refugee camp with barbed wire by Thursday.
Workers were busy around the clock to complete the barrier.
Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova, in an interview with a local television station, blamed political rivals, alleging that they had stoked up the situation regarding refugees in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria heads to early parliamentary elections in spring 2017, prompted by the largest party’s defeat in November 2016 presidential elections, in which several candidates – including the victor- made illegal migration a significant issue.