Four bodies found on Polish-Belarus border as spat over migrant crisis worsens
Three individuals have been discovered lifeless on the Polish facet of the border after affected by hypothermia, Polish authorities stated. A fourth particular person was discovered lifeless in Belarus, one meter from the border, Belarusian state company Belta reported.
A rising variety of migrants have been illegally crossing Poland’s border from Belarus in latest weeks. In August alone, 3,000 individuals — many from Afghanistan and Iraq — tried to enter Poland illegally, based on the Polish inside ministry.
In a press convention Monday, Poland’s Minister of Inner Affairs and Administration Mariusz Kamiński stated one of many victims discovered Sunday was an Iraqi citizen who died close to the Lithuanian border in Frącki, Poland.
Kamiński stated the Iraqi citizen and the 2 different victims present in Poland have been pressured to the Polish border by Belarusian border guards, earlier than Polish border authorities advised them their crossing was unlawful and there was no method by.
The leaders stated that they might absorb any refugees crossing the border however would name for “potential new restrictive measures by the EU to stop any additional unlawful immigration.”
However Poland has acquired sharp criticism over its therapy of migrants. The nation has begun to construct a barbed wire fence to curb unlawful migration and Polish President Andrzej Duda in early September declared a 30-day state of emergency in a stretch of its border with Belarus.
Lukashenko himself publicly threatened to flood the EU with “migrants and medicines” in Could.
The UN Migration Company stated in a press release earlier this month that it was deeply involved by the “dire situations” confronted by migrants on the EU-Belarus border, the place a bunch of round 30 migrants had been caught for a number of weeks with restricted entry to ingesting water and meals, medical help, sanitation and shelter.
In a press convention earlier this month, Kamiński described the group of migrants caught on the border as “the tip of the iceberg,” including “our safety is in danger, and we act in proportion to the size and diploma of the menace.”
“Lukashenko desires to threaten us. We is not going to enable Poland to be one other route of mass switch of unlawful immigrants to the EU. We is not going to enable the safety of our residents to be compromised. These actions are geared toward making certain safety on the Polish border, its integrity and the protection of residents who dwell on the border,” Kamiński stated.
CNN’s Stephanie Halasz and Nick Paton Walsh contributed to this report.