Migrants use firecrackers, lasers, trying to break through Polish border

Source : 112 Ukraine

Polish border guards are confident that this action is backed by Belarusian officials
16:30, 18 November 2021

Ministry of National Defence of Poland

Illegal migrants who stay on the Polish border tried to break through it, using the firecrackers and lasers. Anna Michalska, the spokeswoman of Polish authority said so as quoted by Polskie Radio.

"Migrants on the Belarusian side threw firecrackers, stones, blinded our officers and soldiers with lasers. Wooden constructions were set near the fence so that people could try and break through this border", Michalska said.

Polish border guards believe this action is backed by Belarusian officials. Besides, Belarusian  border guards help the migrants cross the border. On November 17, they deliberately used flashlights and lasers to impair the vision of their Polish counterparts. Last week, the Belarusian servicemen passed the migrants some tools to cut the fence.

According to Polish border guards, 501 attempt of illegal breach of Polish border occurred over the last 24 hours.

Related: Polish Prime Minister on migration crisis: It may divert attention from Russia's invasion of Ukraine

On November 8, hundreds of migrants were seen at the Polish-Belarusian border. Therefore, the Polish government immediately pulled the soldiers on alert to the borders, and Lukashenko asked for help from Russian aviation to guarantee security at the country's borders.

It soon became known that the Belarusian security forces were trying to push 35 people to the Polish border, the overwhelming majority of whom were women and children.

According to the Polish border service, on the night of November 13, the Belarusian military tried to break through the fence on the border with Poland using a service car.

On November 15 it became known that Belarusian security forces are forcing migrants to cut a fence on the border with Poland and move on. After that, the Belarusian army began to gather a large number of migrants and its soldiers at the border.

In the evening of November 15, a group of illegal immigrants in Belarus again attempted to storm the Polish border near Podlaskie Voivodeship. Migrants threw stones and hit dozens of Polish police officers, border guards and soldiers but did not manage to cross the border.

Related: Lukashenko proposes European Union to create humanitarian corridor for migrants to Germany


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