“The Hasidim massively leave the Belarusian-Ukrainian border: they go to Gomel and Pinsk to celebrate their New Year,” the message said.
It is reported that the Hasidim started to return to Belarus because the celebration of the Jewish New Year will begin in a few hours. On the evening of Friday and the next two days, the Hasidim are banned to do anything, including the transfer.
Some of the pilgrims plan to go to Gomel; the others will go to Pinsk. The Hasidim start to register in the hotels of Gomel. Moreover, some of them succeeded to buy tickets to Israel.
Meanwhile, Deputy Interior Minister of Ukraine Anton Herashchenko reported that the Hasidim released the territory of Yarylovychy checkpoint.
“The Hasidim pilgrims completely released the territory of Yarylovychy checkpoint and went to celebrate the New Year to Gomel, Pinsk and other settlements in Belarus,” Herashchenko wrote.
He also noted that the checkpoint might resume its work.
About 1,000 Hasidim pilgrims try to enter the territory of Ukraine, despite the restriction for entrance of foreigners.
Later, the Novi Yarylovychi checkpoint in the Chernihiv region was closed.
Besides, the office of the President of Ukraine appealed to the Belarusian authorities with a request to stop the spread of encouraging statements about the possibility of crossing the Ukrainian border among Hasidic pilgrims stuck on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.
Meanwhile, Minister of Higher Education, Minister of Water of Israel Ze’ev Elkin asked the Hasidim pilgrims who got stuck at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border to return home.