Eastern Europe

Migrants at Belarus-Poland border storm fence, Polish guards using tear gas

13:34, 16 November 2021
Migrants at Belarus-Poland border storm fence, Polish guards using tear gas Photo: MSWiA_GOV_PL/twitter.com

The situation on the Belarusian-Polish border escalated as several thousand refugees from Middle Eastern countries gathered in Belarus near the Bruzgi checkpoint to break through the fence to reach Germany. 

According to the local media, Polish border guards use tear gas and water cannons to push migrants back as people desperately attempt to storm the Polish fence but are forcibly pushed back to Belarus.

Refugees already built a temporary camp as they receive humanitarian aid. The Belarusian side provided Iraqis, Syrians, Afghans, Yemenis, and other migrants with the water tank which was greeted with applause, they got food, firewood, and warm clothes. People immediately lined up for water.

Russia has already sent nuclear-capable bombers to Belarus for patrolling as the Western countries voiced alarm that the border tensions could escalate into a military confrontation. The European Union has agreed on a list of sanctions that will be imposed on Belarus over the migrant crisis. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko denied the allegations calling them "absurd", in return blaming Western countries for the maltreatment of the migrants who are freezing at the border.

At least nine people were found dead at the border, with the young Syrian man discovered in the nearby woods close to the village of Wolka Terechowska several days ago.

Earlier, migrants have already attempted to break through the Polish border as the EU announced sanctions against Russian Aeroflot and Turkish Airlines.