12 migrants found inside back of refrigerated truck

A dozen migrants have been found alive in the back of a refrigerated lorry in Belgium.

Local media reported that the men had crawled into the back of the vehicle near Antwerp on Tuesday, prompting the driver to contact police.

The men, from Syria and Sudan, were in the vehicle that was in a motorway parking area outside Antwerp, Belgium.

A spokeswoman for the Belgian federal police said that traffic officers had gone to check the lorry, which was carrying fruit and vegetables, and found 11 Syrians and one Sudanese man.

They were taken to a police office in Antwerp and are now being dealt with by immigration officials.

The truck was transporting fruits and vegetables.

The migrants are alive, although it is not clear if they have suffered any injuries.

Belgian authorities have come under close scrutiny following the deaths last week of 39 people in the refrigerated trailer of a lorry that was driven to an industrial estate in Gray's Essex.

The lorry had arrived from Zebrugges, Belgium just hours before last Tuesday and was picked up by a lorry cab in Purfleet, Essex at about 12.30am the following day.

Mo Robinson, 25, of Craigavon, Northern Ireland, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, and money laundering.

Essex Police are also looking for Ronan Hughes, 40, and his brother Christopher, 34, both from from Armagh in Northern Ireland, who are suspected of manslaughter and human trafficking.

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