Saturday 16 December 2017

Three gypsy children die in shack fire

Press Association

Three young gypsy children have died in a fire in a small wooden shack that has been their home on the outskirts of the Serbian capital, authorities said.

Belgrade's emergency service said the youngsters, aged five, seven and nine, died in the blaze which broke out in the gypsy settlement at around 1am local time. It did not identify the children or say what caused the fire.

There are an estimated 500,000 gypsies - many resettled during the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s - living in Serbia - about 7 per cent of the population.

Gypsies, or Roma, who mostly live in segregated, makeshift settlements throughout Serbia, have often faced harassment by far-right groups.

Press Association

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