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Protest by refugees at burned-out Lipa camp in Bosnia

Kemal Softic, Associated Press

The Bosnian military has set up tents for hundreds of migrants who have been stuck in a burned-out refugee camp that has no facilities to fend off freezing winter weather.

Bosnia has faced international criticism for leaving some 1,000 migrants without shelter after a fire engulfed the squalid Lipa refugee camp near its north west border with Croatia more than a week ago.

The armed forces said about 150 soldiers had arrived to put up tents for the migrants, which will be run by the International Organisation for Migration.

Earlier today, the migrants held a protest to highlight the horrendous conditions they are facing in Bosnia.

Aid groups said hundreds of migrants rejected food and held up banners calling for international help.

The authorities announced earlier this week that they would move the migrants from Lipa to a former army compound in central Bosnia but the plan was rejected after local residents organised protests.

The migrants spent 24 hours in a convoy of buses, waiting to move, but ended up back in the burned-out Lipa camp instead.

For the past two nights, they have lit fires to warm up at the muddy camp site.

Bosnia has struggled with the influx of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in their countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Migrants mostly flock to Bosnia's north-western corner, which borders European Union member Croatia, from where they hope to move towards wealthier European countries.

But many have reported violent pushbacks by Croatian border forces as well as hostility from Bosnian residents.

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