Belarus: The drama of refugees at the border is undiminished

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Their drama continues refugees and migrants at the border Belarus and Poland with the Polish border guard estimating on Friday (12/11) that 3,000 to 4,000 people are currently on the Belarusian side of the border with Poland and that more continue to arrive there daily.

The largest camp set up, with over 1,000 people, is located across the street from the Polish city of Kuznika. “The size of the problem is not diminishing,” Katarzyna Zdanovic, a representative of the Polish border guard in the eastern region of Pontlasie, told AFP, as reported by APE-MPE.

According to her, the Belarusian forces are giving wood and water to the migrants in the camps they have set up. “We see that they are preparing to stay here longer”, he added.

Zdanovic said a “very aggressive” group of about 100 migrants tried to cross the border on Thursday. “They threw stones and pieces of wood at the fence and at the police. “We managed to stop them,” he said.

“Belarusians are trying to disrupt the work of Polish border guards, especially by using lasers”

According to the spokeswoman, the Belarusian forces are transporting migrants to the border and monitoring them. They are also trying to disrupt the work of Polish border guards, especially by using lasers.

The EU accuses the Belarussian regime of orchestrating the immigration crisis in retaliation for EU sanctions.

Immigrant aid charities have strongly criticized Belarus, but also the uncompromising attitude of the Polish authorities, calling for a more humanitarian response. At the same time WHO expresses its concern about the health status of migrants who are trapped.

Asked about the repatriated migrants to Belarus, Zdanovic said that 1,122 migrants have been repatriated since the beginning of October, following the entry into force of the law legitimizing this controversial process.

According to the spokeswoman, these migrants “receive medical assistance, if they need it, as well as clothes, food and blankets”.

Polish authorities have banned journalists and charities from entering the area right next to the border, in accordance with the rules of the state of emergency declared by the authorities there.

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