Poland-Belarus Migrant Crisis
Tensions on the Belarusian-Polish border flared up in November as Middle Eastern and African refugees started arriving in Belarus to cross into the EU. Warsaw claims Belarus orchestrated the crisis, while Minsk blames the Western military ops for the growing migrant flow.
Refugees Gather at Logistics Centre in Belarus After Poland Disperses Crowd Trying to Cross Border
07:16 GMT 18.11.2021 (Updated: 11:48 GMT 18.11.2021)
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Poland has advanced its border guard and deployed additional military personnel in the area amid the migrant influx, as situation on the border remains tense.
Sputnik is live from the Bruzgi logistics centre in Belarus, near the Polish border, where thousands of migrants are stranded, as they attempt to get into the European Union.
A group of refugees that previously tried to cross the border was dispersed, and at least four individuals were hospitalised, according to the Belarusian Health Ministry.
Since July, Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland have reported an increase in the number of illegal migrants arriving from neighbouring Belarus. Warsaw accused Belarus of facilitating the movement of migrants to the EU, which Minsk denied, saying that the country has no resources to tackle the influx of migrants due to western sanctions.
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