3 Refugee Children Rescued in Austria Reportedly ‘Disappear’ From Hospital With Families

Inspektor Jan Gieber of Austrian police shows the inside of the large van outside the police station in Braunau, Upper Austria, on Sunday, where the children were found among 26 migrants trying to reach Europe. (PHOTO CREDIT: Daniel Scharinger/EPA/Landov)
Inspektor Jan Gieber of Austrian police shows the inside of the large van outside the police station in Braunau, Upper Austria, on Sunday, where the children were found among 26 migrants trying to reach Europe. (PHOTO CREDIT: Daniel Scharinger/EPA/Landov)

Three refugee children who were rescued from a minivan as they were being smuggled into Europe have reportedly disappeared from a hospital where they were being treated for dehydration.

Meanwhile, there were more arrests in a similar case in Austria last week in which 71 migrants were found dead in a truck.

The Syrian children, two girls and a boy aged 5 and 6, were part of a group of 26 migrants also from Afghanistan and Bangladesh who were pulled over by police near the town of St. Peter am Hart, near the German border. The refugees were crammed into the vehicle and described by medical officials as being near death.

Police said they van was intercepted after a chase with police and that its Romanian driver was arrested.

“The emergency doctor told us they would not have made it much longer — two, maybe three hours,” said David Furtner, police spokesman for Upper Austria province, according to Reuters.

But the BBC reports that the children and their families, who faced deportation, had disappeared from the hospital. Kerry Skyring, reporting for NPR, says the family left the hospital of their own accord, over the objection of the hospital.

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SOURCE: NPR, Scott Neuman

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