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Iraq prepares evacuation of its citizens from Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the Iraqi ambassador to Moscow, on August 10, Iraqi Airlines will perform an evacuation flight from Minsk
16:44, 8 August 2021

AFP news agency

Iraqi Airlines will organize an evacuation flight for Iraqi citizens unable to leave Belarus on August 10. This statement was made by the Iraqi Ambassador to Russia Abdel Rahman al-Hasani on his Twitter page.

"The Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Russia announces that the Iraqi Airways company will organize an evacuation flight for Iraqi citizens stranded in Belarus," the message says.

Earlier it was reported that flights from Iraq to Minsk should be canceled for the next ten days, taking into account the attempts of Lithuania and the European Union to interrupt the path of illegal migration from Belarus.

According to DW with reference to the Belarusian state news agency BelTA, officers of the Benyakoni frontier post found a 39-year-old Iraqi citizen "in serious condition with numerous bodily injuries" in the Voronovo region, on a field near the Belarusian-Lithuanian border.

Despite the first aid provided to him, the man died, the news said. As a result, the Investigative Committee of Belarus opened a criminal case under the murder article.

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In Vilnius, this message was called disinformation and the "fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm." According to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Lithuania Agne Bilotaite, the dissemination of such information is an example of (Belarus) waging a hybrid war against her country.

On July 2, the Lithuanian government declared a state of emergency at the national level in connection with an increase in the flow of illegal migrants from Belarus. On July 7, the Prime Minister of Lithuania Ingrida Simonyte announced that a wall would be erected on the border with Belarus.

The country's officials believe that the increase in migration flows is an organized action of the Minsk regime against Lithuania.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell did not rule out the possibility of introducing new sanctions against the leadership of Belarus in connection with the increase in the flow of illegal migrants from this country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus stated that it considers the EU's accusation of creating a migration crisis on the border with Lithuania groundless.

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