People waiting for hours in blazing heat at Tovarnik grew frustrated, though the situation is quieter now. Croatia is struggling to deal with at least 7,300 arrivals since Wednesday morning after Hungary closed its border with Serbia, blocking the previous route into the European Union. EU leaders will hold an emergency summit next week to discuss the crisis. Croatian officials say migrants must apply for asylum there or be treated as illegal immigrants. Authorities seem to be overwhelmed and surprised by the number of migrants - most of whom wish to travel on to other EU countries - and the Croatian interior minister has said the country is "absolutely full".
Correspondents described the scenes in Tovarnik as mayhem, after several thousand migrants who had crossed from Serbia were held back by riot police, trying to get them to wait for transport on from the border. Croatian police eventually gave way under pressure. Some of the migrants said they intended to walk to Slovenia. Many are exhausted with supplies of food and water running low.
At the scene: Fergal Keane in Tovarnik All morning several thousand people had waited in the heat hoping a train would take them north on their long journey to Germany. Around midday we saw a group of young men begin to mobilise for a protest. At first they tried to walk towards Zagreb on the rail line but were turned back by the police. They then walked to the police line on the road next to the station. For about an hour they chanted "let us go" and pressed the police to be allowed through. Eventually police allowed some women and children to squeeze past their line. Scenes of chaos followed. Men tried to push through. Children became separated from parents. The police did not resort to force. There was no use of batons or teargas. They attempted to push the crowd back but could not prevent a breach. I saw hundreds pushing through a wire fence and running towards the main road. On the way a man suffered a heart attack. A combination of angry young men, extraordinary numbers of people and a lack of any coherent plan by the EU has produced scenes of chaos in Europe. Croatia's president has asked the army to be ready to protect its borders from "the illegal migration", state news agency Hina reported. Hungarian media reported that dozens of migrants were crossing from Croatia into Hungary at Illocska - thus avoiding the fence on Hungary's border with Serbia. Croatia said it would allow migrants to travel into northern Europe, but officials in Slovenia - which borders Croatia to the north - have said they would tighten their border security and would stick to rules which require asylum-seekers to register on arrival. Slovenia, like Hungary, is an entry point to the Schengen zone, which normally allows people to travel between member countries without restrictions.
On Wednesday, hundreds were involved in clashes at the Hungary-Serbia border after Hungarian authorities used water cannon and tear gas to stop migrants forcing their way through. The United Nations' top human rights official said the images from the border were "truly shocking". Zeid Raad al-Hussein said he was appalled at Hungarian authorities' actions, some of which "amount to clear violations of international law".
Separately on Thursday, European Council President Donald Tusk announced that European leaders would meet on 23 September. The European Parliament voted to back plans for the mandatory relocation of 120,000 refugees around the EU, but interior ministers from EU countries have not so far been able to reach agreement on the plan. In other developments: Germany has extended border controls currently in place with Austria to the Czech Republic The head of the German agency in charge of migration and refugees has resigned, citing personal reasons Authorities in Paris, France, are evacuating more than 500 migrants from tent camps and offering them accommodation elsewhere Bulgaria is sending extra troops to its border with Turkey in case of a further influx of refugees, its defence minister says Hundreds of migrants are stranded near the Turkish city of Edirne, close to the border with Bulgaria and Greece Austrian railways say services to and from Hungary, suspended on 10 September, will resume on Thursday
Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka has indicated his country could voluntarily offer asylum to around 10,000 refugees - far more than the 1,500 the Czech Republic has so far agreed to accept(BBC)