Migrants injure two soldiers at Belarus border. Poland increases troops number to 10,000
Two Polish soldiers were taken to a hospital in Białystok on Sunday evening, Border Guard spokesperson Anna Michalska informed. She explained that the soldiers were injured when trying to prevent a group of migrants from forcing their way into Poland, in the area of Usnarz Górny. "The foreigners used sticks and threw stones at Border Guard officers and Polish Army soldiers. One of the soldiers was hit in the face with a branch, and another, also in the face, but with a stone," Michalska said. As a result, Poland's Defence Minister announced on Monday the country would increase the number of troops on its border with Belarus to around 10,000.
Hundreds of people from places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa have been trying to cross the border illegally every day, and Poland has beefed up security in the region, brushing aside criticism that it is treating the migrants inhumanely. "We are increasing the number of soldiers helping the Border Guard by 2,500," Mariusz Błaszczak wrote on Twitter. "Soon, about 10,000 soldiers from the 12th, 16th and 18th divisions will be watching over the security of the border." The Border Guard said that over the weekend groups of about 60 or 70 migrants had twice attempted to force their way through the border and two Polish soldiers had been injured.
"As a result of these events, two Polish soldiers were hospitalised, one of them was hit in the face with a stone, the other with a branch," Border Guard spokeswoman Anna Michalska told a news conference. "These people are not in any danger, they have left hospital."
The spokeswoman added added that in the end the migrants were prevented from forcing their way through the border.
"Among the people trying to cross the border, our officers spotted casually dressed Belarusian soldiers cutting the concertina wire fence with pliers," Michalska said.
The European Commission and Warsaw say the flow of migrants has been orchestrated by Belarus in a bid to put pressure on the European Union over sanctions it imposed on Minsk. Belarus has denied this. Poland has declared a state of emergency in the region and plans to build a wall on the border. The Polish parliament has also passed legislation that human rights advocates say aims to legalise pushbacks of migrants across its borders in breach of the country's commitments under international law.
Źródło: TVN24 News in English, Reuters
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