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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.

Polish Border Guard Says Gunshots Fired Into Air on Belarusian Side

© SputnikFence at the Belarusian-Poland border
Fence at the Belarusian-Poland border - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.12.2021
WARSAW (Sputnik) - The Polish Border Guard said on Wednesday that they recorded a series of shots fired on the Belarusian side of their common border.
Earlier in the day, the Polish Border Guard said no illegal crossings have been detected over the past twenty-four hours - for the first time since summer. However, soldiers observed several "disturbing incidents" on the Belarusian side, according to a spokeswoman for the Polish Border Guard, Anna Michalska.
"A car of the local security forces appeared on the Belarusian side of the border, the people riding in it fired two shots into the air", she told reporters.
A picture taken on November 8, 2021 shows Poland's law enforcement officers watching migrants at the Belarusian-Polish border.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.12.2021
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The migration crisis on the border between the European Union and Belarus has been going on for several months, with thousands of migrants amassing in the area and trying to enter Europe via the Belarusian-Polish border. In response to illegal crossing attempts, Warsaw boosted security in the area, blaming Minsk for fuelling the crisis in an effort to get back at Brussels for sanctions against the country. Belarus, for its part, maintains that it has no means to curb migrant flows to Europe due to the Western sanctions.
Since the beginning of the year, the Polish Border Guard has recorded approximately 40,000 illegal border crossing attempts, a major increase compared to last year. The monthly total grew from 3,500 in August to 7,700 in September and 17,400 in October, before decreasing to 8,900 in November.
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