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Hungary has set up a new military camp near the Kelebia border crossing with Serbia and has announced that it would set up another three camps in Bacsalmas, Madaras and Hercegszanto, with authorities announcing that a second line of fences will be erected, Vojvodina media reported on Thursday.

About 150 soldiers will be stationed in each of these camps, and if the migrant crisis were to escalate, additional containers will be set up and the number of troops could be increased to 1,200, the Vojvodina Danas daily carried a press release by the Hungarian army.

Hungary's Chief-of-staff Tibor Benke underscored that the soldiers would conduct border duties "until such time that the migrant pressure on Hungary subsides," adding that once a second line of fences is built the number soldiers could be reduced.

He underlined that more attention was being directed to the border with Serbia where a 170 kilometre fence has been built and a 136 kilometre fence has been set up on the border with Croatia to prevent illegal entry of migrants.

According to official data there are currently 6,000 migrants in reception centres in Serbia and a further 1,200 to 1,500 who do not wish to remain in these centres.

The Vojvodina news web site reports that the newly-built military base consists of 90 containers housing up to four people in each. They are equipped with heating and air-conditioning, a mess hall, hygiene facilities block, store and entertainment hall.

Benke said that about 15,000 people have been involved in border surveillance due to the migrant problem.

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