Several attempts made to force the border, says Poland amid migrant crisis with Belarus

WION Web Team
Poland Published: Nov 20, 2021, 05:46 PM(IST)

Migrants aiming to cross into Poland camp near the Bruzgi-Kuznica border Photograph:( AFP )

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Poland authorities had earlier said that Belarus was trying to push migrants into the country just hours after it had reportedly pulled them back.

As the migrant crisis continues between Poland and Belarus, Polish defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak that the issue will continue for months.

Poland's defence minister claimed small migrant groups have been trying to cross the border.

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Poland said several attempts were made to force the border near Dubicze Cerkiewne. The authorities said the migrants were "aggressive, throwing stones, firecrackers and using tear gas".

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The Western countries have blamed Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for the crisis at the border. 

Watch: Belarus clears migrant camps after Merkel speaks to Lukashenko

Amid the row with Belarus, Estonia had said it was sending 100 troops to Poland, a move which was lauded by  Blaszczak.

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Although the Belarus president has consistently denied any role in the migrant crisis, however, on Friday he reportedly said that it was "possible" his forces may helped the migrants to cross over to Poland.

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The migrants consist mostly of Iraqi Kurds. Belarus said it had repatriated some people to Iraq, however, several hundred still remain at the border in freezing condictions.

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Poland authorities had earlier said that Belarus was trying to push migrants into the country just hours after it had reportedly pulled them back as border guards accused the  Belarusian authorities of bringing the migrants in trucks.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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