Polish border guards and police detained the largest group of illegal migrants in history at the border of Belarus and Poland. This was reported on Thursday, August 5, by the agency RMF24.
It is specified that officers of Podlaski borderland unit and law enforcement officers detained more than 60 people in total. They are mostly from the Middle East and came to Poland illegally from Belarus.
There are 50 Iraqi citizens, 11 Iranian citizens and one Cameroonian, 41 men, eight women, and 13 children among the detainees.
A total of 450 people have entered Poland illegally from Belarus this year, the publication specifies. Many migrants try to get to Lithuania that way.
Earlier this day, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko instructed security forces to tighten protection of the state border, calling to close “every meter of it. The President stressed that “not a single foot should enter the territory of Belarus from the neighboring side, be it from the south or west.
Belarusian border guards have already announced about the strengthening of the state border.
Lithuania argues that the country’s border crossing points, located at the border with Belarus, are overcrowded with illegal migrants.
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that the country needs all-out assistance from the European Union because of the migration crisis. According to him, the events on Lithuanian-Belarusian border are a “hybrid attack on Lithuania, financed by the Belarusian regime. They have also begun installing a wall on the border with Belarus in order to curb migration processes.