Poland militarises border to stave off migration influx from Belarus as human tragedy unfolds

Poland will man the border with 10,000 troops as ‘inhumane’ situation develops putting the most vulnerable at greater risk, reports William Nattrass

Tuesday 26 October 2021 15:57
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<p>A migrant from Somalia covers herself with a blanket after crossing the Belarusian-Polish border in Siemianowka earlier this month</p>

A migrant from Somalia covers herself with a blanket after crossing the Belarusian-Polish border in Siemianowka earlier this month

Poland’s military presence at its border with Belarus is being ramped up to control outbreaks of violence after migrants attempted to break into the country at the weekend.

Ten thousand troops will now man the Polish border amid an ongoing state of emergency in an area 3 kilometres deep.

Tens of thousands of migrants are believed to have attempted to cross from Belarus into the Schengen Zone in recent months, most of them from war-torn countries in the Middle East.

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