Migrants attempted to storm the Polish border

Migrants on the Belarusian border made another attempt to storm the border today, a Polish border guard got a head injury, the Border Guard Service said.

On Sunday, January 9, 49 people tried to illegally cross the border of Belarus to get into Poland. Stones and logs were thrown in the direction of the Polish border guards. This was reported by the Border Guard in Twitter on January 10.

As a result of the attack, as clarified in Poland, one of the employees was injured, she was hospitalized.

“Foreigners and employees of the Belarusian services threw not only stones, but also noise firecrackers in the direction of Polish patrols. An employee of the Border Guard received head injuries, she is in hospital,” reads the published report.

January 4, it was reported that the Polish Border Guard had signed three agreements for the construction of the fence on the border with Belarus. Construction will be completed at the end of June 2022, he said. The length of the wall will be 186 kilometers.

The situation with migrants on the border of Belarus and neighboring EU countries deteriorated in early November. A large group of refugees came to the border in the forest belt. The migrants cut barbed wire and asked to be let into the territory of the European Union (EU). Polish border guards used water cannons and stun grenades, reported the Belarusian side.

However, by November 19, the number of attempts by refugees to break through the Polish border has decreased, many of them have chosen to settle in a logistics center “Bruzgi,” which was created by the Belarusian authorities. The center operates a currency exchange and even administers vaccinations against COVID-19. Humanitarian aid to the refugees is provided by the Belarusian Red Cross.

On December 2, the U.S., Canada, Britain and the EU called on Belarus to stop “organizing illegal migration” across the borders of the EU. On the same day the U.S. introduced a new package of sanctions against the republic. According to the list above, the new restrictions affected 20 individuals, 12 organizations and three aircraft. Minsk categorically rejects accusations of involvement in the migration crisis, noting that thousands of refugees left their home country precisely because of European policies.