2 Polish Troops Hurt as Illegal Immigrants Try Forcing Belarus Border

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WARSAW, Poland—Officials successful Poland said connected Monday that 2 soldiers were lightly wounded erstwhile a radical of immoderate 60 amerciable aliens tried to unit their mode crossed the border from Belarus.

The Border Guards bureau said the troops—who person been deployed to assistance support the European Union’s eastbound borderline from increasing amerciable migration pressure—were treated astatine a infirmary for facial injuries pursuing the events Sunday adjacent the colony of Usnarz Gorny.

They said successful a connection that the amerciable aliens were throwing stones and wielding branches. That portion of the borderline is successful a dense wood that besides includes bogs. Most of the borderline with Belarus runs on the Bug river.

A video showing men trying to interruption the razor ligament borderline obstruction with a subdivision and helmeted Polish troops watching from adjacent was posted connected the Border Guards website.

Poland and the Baltic states, which are members of the European Union, are facing unit connected their borders with Belarus. They accidental the authorities successful Minsk is facilitating crossings for amerciable aliens, mostly from the Middle East and Africa, successful bid to destabilize the bloc successful retaliation for Western sanctions.

Poland has built a obstruction connected the borderline and enactment immoderate 7,000 guards, troops, and constabulary to forestall crossings, and is pushing backmost those who cross, but thousands are inactive getting through. Most are heading toward Germany.

A radical of immoderate 30 migrants that had been stranded successful the borderline portion since August is nary longer there, the Border Guards connection said. It said immoderate of them were recognized successful the radical that tried to unit the borderline Sunday.

Poland borderline  amerciable  immigrants Polish information forces artifact amerciable aliens stuck connected the borderline with Belarus successful Usnarz Gorny, Poland, connected Sept. 1, 2021. (Czarek Sokolowski/Reuters)

On Saturday a radical of women, including 2 of Poland’s erstwhile archetypal ladies, Jolanta Kwasniewska and Anna Komorowska, protested adjacent the borderline against pushing the amerciable border-crossers—including women and children—into the forest, backmost to Belarus.

A fig of migrants person been recovered dormant adjacent to the border. Humanitarian organizations progressive successful the are person reported uncovering migrant groups with children who had spent days successful the forest.

Poland’s information officials person said that migrants tin wage up to $12,000 successful their location countries to radical promising to get them to the EU, preferably to Germany.

Deputy interior minister, Bartosz Grodecki has said that Poland is seeking practice with the European borderline bureau Frontex to put readmission, oregon instrumentality flights straight to migrants’ location countries, according to the English-language work of Poland’s authorities PAP quality agency.

Illegal aliens who transverse into Poland tin inquire for planetary protection, which would screen each of the EU. While waiting for a decision, which is astir often a refusal, they are placed successful guarded centers for foreigners. They mostly travel from Iraq, Iran, and Syria.

The Associated Press

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