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Record variety of folks try to cross the border between Poland and Belarus, officers say

The Polish Border Guard informed CNN that Saturday’s determine of of 739 tried crossings was essentially the most to this point for a single day. They’re the most recent in a weeks-long migration disaster on the border, for which Poland imposed a state of emergency final month.

Approximately 16,000 makes an attempt to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border have been stopped since August, Poland’s border company has mentioned. Of these, 5,000 came about in October.

The crossing may turn out to be more and more harmful because the seasons change. At least 4 folks died on the border between Poland and Belarus in August; three folks had been discovered lifeless on the Polish aspect of the border after affected by hypothermia, in accordance with Polish authorities, and a fourth was discovered lifeless in Belarus, one meter from the border, Belarusian state company Belta reported.

Many of these arriving at Eastern European borders are from Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Relations between Belarus and its neighbors are rising more and more tense over the border scenario. In August, the prime ministers of Poland, Latvia and Lithuania accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of making the disaster by driving migrants towards the European Union.

On Friday, Poland additionally summoned Belarusian cost d’affaires Alyaksandr Czasnouski amid allegations of bullets being fired at Polish troopers stationed alongside the border. Czasnouski has informed press that “the information about the shots is not true.”

A tweet from the Polish Border Guard Sunday mentioned that “patrols of officers and soldiers reported that last night shots were heard once again on the Belarusian side near the border with Poland.”

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European officers too have accused Belarus of encouraging folks to cross illegally into Poland, and its different EU neighbors, as a part of efforts to place stress on the bloc over sweeping sanctions it imposed on Minsk.

The sanctions by the EU, the US and Britain in June had been a coordinated response to the Lukashenko authorities’s compelled touchdown of a Ryanair flight and arrest of an opposition journalist in addition to “continuing repression” within the former Soviet state.

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