Czechs beef up Austrian border policing

ATHENS: The Czech Republic is sharply increasing policing of the border with Austria to be able to deal with a possible influx of migrants.

After the Czechs beefed up security on the Austrian-Czech border on September 13 in response to Germany's decision to restore border controls, they had been mounting random controls at 14 border crossings.

The Interior Minister announced Thursday such measures will be done on 20 crossings, starting Saturday.

On Friday, police said the number of officers on the border will be increased from 200 to 720 Saturday and will be present also along the Austrian border.

Police says the Czechs aren't restoring border controls, at least for now. Czech territory so far has rarely been used by the migrants on their way to Germany and other rich Western countries.