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Hungarian soldiers and police stand guard as migrants get into a bus in Beremend near the Hungarian-Croatian border on September 18, 2015.  More than 20 busloads of migrants arrived at Croatia's northeastern frontier with Hungary where more than 250 Hungarian police and soldiers were deployed, an AFP correspondent said. AFP PHOTO / LASZLO LAUFERLASZLO LAUFER/AFP/Getty Images

Hungarian soldiers and police stand guard as migrants get into a bus in Beremend near the Hungarian-Croatian border on September 18, 2015. More than 20 busloads of migrants arrived at Croatia's northeastern frontier with Hungary where more than 250 Hungarian police and soldiers were deployed, an AFP correspondent said. AFP PHOTO / LASZLO LAUFERLASZLO LAUFER/AFP/Getty Images

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Hungarian soldiers and police stand guard as migrants get into a bus in Beremend near the Hungarian-Croatian border on September 18, 2015. More than 20 busloads of migrants arrived at Croatia's northeastern frontier with Hungary where more than 250 Hungarian police and soldiers were deployed, an AFP correspondent said. AFP PHOTO / LASZLO LAUFERLASZLO LAUFER/AFP/Getty Images

Hungarian authorities seized a train bringing migrants into the country from Croatia, disarmed 40 police on board and detained the driver after over 4,000 migrants arrived across their border, the head of the Hungarian disaster unit said.

Gyorgy Bakondi told reporters the Croatian train that shipped the refugees and migrants to Magyarboly came without any prior notice, like the rest of the new arrivals coming on other trains and on buses.

Hungary registered and disarmed the 40 police who escorted the train, he said according to a video posted on M1 state television's website.

Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said the incident "raised the suspicion of the violation of the border", a separate video of HirTv showed.

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Thousands of refugees wait to cross the border from Serbia to Tovarnik in Croatia. MSF offers medical attention to the refugees arriving to Tovarnik (Croatia) after Hungary closed its borders. Refugees wait at the Tovarnik train station for trains and buses to take them to Zagreb (Croatia). MSF teams in Croatia comprise 14 people, made up of medical and logistics staff. MSF teams run mobile clinics to cover the wide area in which refugees are settled after ?their trip from Serbia.

Thousands of refugees wait to cross the border from Serbia to Tovarnik in Croatia. MSF offers medical attention to the refugees arriving to Tovarnik (Croatia) after Hungary closed its borders. Refugees wait at the Tovarnik train station for trains and buses to take them to Zagreb (Croatia). MSF teams in Croatia comprise 14 people, made up of medical and logistics staff. MSF teams run mobile clinics to cover the wide area in which refugees are settled after ?their trip from Serbia.

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Thousands of refugees wait to cross the border from Serbia to Tovarnik in Croatia. MSF offers medical attention to the refugees arriving to Tovarnik (Croatia) after Hungary closed its borders. Refugees wait at the Tovarnik train station for trains and buses to take them to Zagreb (Croatia). MSF teams in Croatia comprise 14 people, made up of medical and logistics staff. MSF teams run mobile clinics to cover the wide area in which refugees are settled after ?their trip from Serbia.

Bakondi said another 1,000-1,200 more migrants could come before the end of the day.

Croatian police said none of its officers escorting a train with migrants across the border with Hungary had been disarmed or arrested.

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Croatian Police stand on the sidings beside a train carrying migrants and refugees in a marshalling yard near Zagreb, on September 18, 2015.  A special train transporting some 1500 migrants from Tovarnik, near the Serbian border, arrived in Zagreb on September 18, 2015. The migrants were being transferred to a reception centre in Zagreb. Since the start of the crisis the Croatian authorities have urged solidarity with migrants, recalling its own role in accommodating hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people during the 1990s Balkans wars.   AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images

TOPSHOTS Croatian Police stand on the sidings beside a train carrying migrants and refugees in a marshalling yard near Zagreb, on September 18, 2015. A special train transporting some 1500 migrants from Tovarnik, near the Serbian border, arrived in Zagreb on September 18, 2015. The migrants were being transferred to a reception centre in Zagreb. Since the start of the crisis the Croatian authorities have urged solidarity with migrants, recalling its own role in accommodating hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people during the 1990s Balkans wars. AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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BELI MANASTIR, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Migrants pass luggage through windows as they board trains at the train station in Beli Manastir, near Hungarian border on September 18, 2015 in Beli Manastir,Croatia. Officials are saying that they had no choice than to close eight road border crossings yesterday after more than 11,000 people entered the country since Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia earlier this week.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELI MANASTIR, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Migrants pass luggage through windows as they board trains at the train station in Beli Manastir, near Hungarian border on September 18, 2015 in Beli Manastir,Croatia. Officials are saying that they had no choice than to close eight road border crossings yesterday after more than 11,000 people entered the country since Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia earlier this week. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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TOPSHOTS Croatian Police stand on the sidings beside a train carrying migrants and refugees in a marshalling yard near Zagreb, on September 18, 2015. A special train transporting some 1500 migrants from Tovarnik, near the Serbian border, arrived in Zagreb on September 18, 2015. The migrants were being transferred to a reception centre in Zagreb. Since the start of the crisis the Croatian authorities have urged solidarity with migrants, recalling its own role in accommodating hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people during the 1990s Balkans wars. AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images

"There was no disarming or arrests. It is not true. There was an agreement about the escort between the police officers from the two sides in advance," police spokeswoman Jelena Bikic told Reuters.

Police said that 36 policemen returned to Croatia in the evening.

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BELI MANASTIR, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Young children smile a they look at a mobile phone as migrants board trains and busses at the train station in Beli Manastir, near Hungarian border on September 18, 2015 in Beli Manastir,Croatia. Officials are saying that they had no choice than to close eight road border crossings yesterday after more than 11,000 people entered the country since Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia earlier this week.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELI MANASTIR, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Young children smile a they look at a mobile phone as migrants board trains and busses at the train station in Beli Manastir, near Hungarian border on September 18, 2015 in Beli Manastir,Croatia. Officials are saying that they had no choice than to close eight road border crossings yesterday after more than 11,000 people entered the country since Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia earlier this week. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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BELI MANASTIR, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Migrants board trains a train at the train station in Beli Manastir, near Hungarian border on September 18, 2015 in Beli Manastir,Croatia. Officials are saying that they had no choice than to close eight road border crossings yesterday after more than 11,000 people entered the country since Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia earlier this week.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELI MANASTIR, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Migrants board trains a train at the train station in Beli Manastir, near Hungarian border on September 18, 2015 in Beli Manastir,Croatia. Officials are saying that they had no choice than to close eight road border crossings yesterday after more than 11,000 people entered the country since Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia earlier this week. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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BELI MANASTIR, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Migrants climb through windows to board trains at the train station in Beli Manastir, near Hungarian border on September 18, 2015 in Beli Manastir,Croatia. Officials are saying that they had no choice than to close eight road border crossings yesterday after more than 11,000 people entered the country since Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia earlier this week.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELI MANASTIR, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Migrants climb through windows to board trains at the train station in Beli Manastir, near Hungarian border on September 18, 2015 in Beli Manastir,Croatia. Officials are saying that they had no choice than to close eight road border crossings yesterday after more than 11,000 people entered the country since Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia earlier this week. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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BELI MANASTIR, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Young children smile a they look at a mobile phone as migrants board trains and busses at the train station in Beli Manastir, near Hungarian border on September 18, 2015 in Beli Manastir,Croatia. Officials are saying that they had no choice than to close eight road border crossings yesterday after more than 11,000 people entered the country since Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia earlier this week. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The row between the two countries and their respective handling of the migration crisis has deepened as Hungary’s foreign minister on Friday accused Croatia of pushing migrants to break the law by “illegally” breaching Hungarian borders.

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Hungarian policemen direct migrants as they change buses after they crossed the border from Croatia to Beremend, Hungary September 18, 2015. Hungarian police began to board migrants on Hungarian buses after hundreds got off Croatian buses at the border crossing of Beremend on Friday, a Reuters reporter said. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Hungarian policemen direct migrants as they change buses after they crossed the border from Croatia to Beremend, Hungary September 18, 2015. Hungarian police began to board migrants on Hungarian buses after hundreds got off Croatian buses at the border crossing of Beremend on Friday, a Reuters reporter said. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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Hungarian policemen direct migrants as they change buses after they crossed the border from Croatia to Beremend, Hungary September 18, 2015. Hungarian police began to board migrants on Hungarian buses after hundreds got off Croatian buses at the border crossing of Beremend on Friday, a Reuters reporter said. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic justified the decision to transport incoming refugees elsewhere by saying his country’s capacity to take in migrants was full.

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Hungarian soldiers and police stand guard as migrants get into a bus in Beremend near the Hungarian-Croatian border on September 18, 2015.  More than 20 busloads of migrants arrived at Croatia's northeastern frontier with Hungary where more than 250 Hungarian police and soldiers were deployed, an AFP correspondent said. AFP PHOTO / LASZLO LAUFERLASZLO LAUFER/AFP/Getty Images

Hungarian soldiers and police stand guard as migrants get into a bus in Beremend near the Hungarian-Croatian border on September 18, 2015. More than 20 busloads of migrants arrived at Croatia's northeastern frontier with Hungary where more than 250 Hungarian police and soldiers were deployed, an AFP correspondent said. AFP PHOTO / LASZLO LAUFERLASZLO LAUFER/AFP/Getty Images

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Hungarian soldiers and police stand guard as migrants get into a bus in Beremend near the Hungarian-Croatian border on September 18, 2015. More than 20 busloads of migrants arrived at Croatia's northeastern frontier with Hungary where more than 250 Hungarian police and soldiers were deployed, an AFP correspondent said. AFP PHOTO / LASZLO LAUFERLASZLO LAUFER/AFP/Getty Images

"Hungary has closed off its border with barbed wire, that's not a solution, but these people remaining in Croatia is not a solution either,” he said.

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A migrant wheels his child in a pushchair on a dirt road towards the border between Croatia and Serbia, near the western-Serbia town of Sid, on September 18 2015. Migrants have begun carving a new route into the Schengen area, traveling via Croatia, after neighboring Hungary, overwhelmed by the refugee traffic, fenced off its own border with Serbia. . AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVICANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images

A migrant wheels his child in a pushchair on a dirt road towards the border between Croatia and Serbia, near the western-Serbia town of Sid, on September 18 2015. Migrants have begun carving a new route into the Schengen area, traveling via Croatia, after neighboring Hungary, overwhelmed by the refugee traffic, fenced off its own border with Serbia. . AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVICANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images

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A migrant wheels his child in a pushchair on a dirt road towards the border between Croatia and Serbia, near the western-Serbia town of Sid, on September 18 2015. Migrants have begun carving a new route into the Schengen area, traveling via Croatia, after neighboring Hungary, overwhelmed by the refugee traffic, fenced off its own border with Serbia. . AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVICANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images

Mr Milanovic said: "What else can we do? You are welcome in Croatia and you can pass through Croatia. But go on. Not because we don't like you but because this is not your final destination."

The Croatian move sparked anger from Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia.

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Thousands of refugees wait to cross the border from Serbia to Tovarnik in Croatia. MSF offers medical attention to the refugees arriving to Tovarnik (Croatia) after Hungary closed its borders. Refugees wait at the Tovarnik train station for trains and buses to take them to Zagreb (Croatia). MSF teams in Croatia comprise 14 people, made up of medical and logistics staff. MSF teams run mobile clinics to cover the wide area in which refugees are settled after ?their trip from Serbia.

Thousands of refugees wait to cross the border from Serbia to Tovarnik in Croatia. MSF offers medical attention to the refugees arriving to Tovarnik (Croatia) after Hungary closed its borders. Refugees wait at the Tovarnik train station for trains and buses to take them to Zagreb (Croatia). MSF teams in Croatia comprise 14 people, made up of medical and logistics staff. MSF teams run mobile clinics to cover the wide area in which refugees are settled after ?their trip from Serbia.

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Thousands of refugees wait to cross the border from Serbia to Tovarnik in Croatia. MSF offers medical attention to the refugees arriving to Tovarnik (Croatia) after Hungary closed its borders. Refugees wait at the Tovarnik train station for trains and buses to take them to Zagreb (Croatia). MSF teams in Croatia comprise 14 people, made up of medical and logistics staff. MSF teams run mobile clinics to cover the wide area in which refugees are settled after ?their trip from Serbia.

Thousands of refugees wait to cross the border from Serbia to Tovarnik in Croatia. MSF offers medical attention to the refugees arriving to Tovarnik (Croatia) after Hungary closed its borders. Refugees wait at the Tovarnik train station for trains and buses to take them to Zagreb (Croatia). MSF teams in Croatia comprise 14 people, made up of medical and logistics staff. MSF teams run mobile clinics to cover the wide area in which refugees are settled after ?their trip from Serbia.

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Thousands of refugees wait to cross the border from Serbia to Tovarnik in Croatia. MSF offers medical attention to the refugees arriving to Tovarnik (Croatia) after Hungary closed its borders. Refugees wait at the Tovarnik train station for trains and buses to take them to Zagreb (Croatia). MSF teams in Croatia comprise 14 people, made up of medical and logistics staff. MSF teams run mobile clinics to cover the wide area in which refugees are settled after ?their trip from Serbia.

Thousands of refugees wait to cross the border from Serbia to Tovarnik in Croatia. MSF offers medical attention to the refugees arriving to Tovarnik (Croatia) after Hungary closed its borders. Refugees wait at the Tovarnik train station for trains and buses to take them to Zagreb (Croatia). MSF teams in Croatia comprise 14 people, made up of medical and logistics staff. MSF teams run mobile clinics to cover the wide area in which refugees are settled after ?their trip from Serbia.

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Thousands of refugees wait to cross the border from Serbia to Tovarnik in Croatia. MSF offers medical attention to the refugees arriving to Tovarnik (Croatia) after Hungary closed its borders. Refugees wait at the Tovarnik train station for trains and buses to take them to Zagreb (Croatia). MSF teams in Croatia comprise 14 people, made up of medical and logistics staff. MSF teams run mobile clinics to cover the wide area in which refugees are settled after ?their trip from Serbia.

Serbia fears the closure will block thousands of migrants inside the country, and social affairs minister Aleksandar Vulin said Serbia will take Croatia to international courts if the border crossings remain closed.

Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said that although Croatia knew what it would be confronted with, its "supply system collapsed in a single day. Hungary has been holding its own for the ninth consecutive month".

Mr Kovacs said it was "totally unacceptable for a European country to not respect European rules just because it was unprepared", predicting that Croatia would be "set back by many years" in its efforts to join the EU's Schengen zone of passport-free travel.

Despite the move to close most border points, migrants and refugees are still pouring into Croatia.

Croatian authorities say the situation is worst in the eastern town of Beli Manastir, where thousands of refugees have converged and caught local authorities unprepared.

About 2,000 people also gathered in the border town of Tovarnik waiting for bus or train rides to refugee centres in the capital Zagreb and elsewhere.

The UN refugee agency warned of a "build-up" of migrants in Serbia.

Adrian Edwards of UNHCR said stricter border controls by Hungary and Croatia threaten a bottleneck in Serbia, "which is not a country with a robust asylum system".

Mr Edwards said: "You aren't going to solve these problems by closing borders."

He added that the crisis "is growing and being pushed from one country to another" as roughly 4,000 people pour into Greece each day and head north.

Babar Baloch, regional spokesman for central Europe for the UNHCR, called for a joint European response, saying countries cannot cope individually.

He said his organisation can handle the humanitarian response, but "what's missing is a collective EU action".

Mr Baloch said that "within three days we can put in place mechanism for refugee arrivals ... or empty our warehouses in Dubai, Copenhagen and other places".

He added: "We know how to do the job, but the responsibility, the moral and legal responsibility here, is on the countries in the European Union."

The growing chaos provoked mixed responses in western Europe as the European Union said the bloc will not leave Balkan countries to deal with the refugee crisis on their own, but Germany said it could be necessary to force eastern European nations to accept quotas for migrants.

European Union enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said all EU countries "have the task to protect the external borders".

He was addressing the parliament in Macedonian, which has seen tens of thousands of migrants cross from its southern border with Greece to its northern border with Serbia as they head north.

Macedonian police said more than 83,000 have moved through the small Balkan nation in the last three months.

"You are not a parking lot for refugees, you are also victims of the situation and we won't leave you alone," Mr Hahn said.

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