Poland is closing its border crossing with Belarus at Kuznica, the Border Guard said on Monday (November 8), due to the situation nearby where large groups of migrants have been trying to force their way through the frontier.
"Due to the situation on the Polish border with Belarus, from tomorrow, i.e. 09/11 from 07.00 am, the border traffic at the road border crossing in Kuznica will be suspended," the Border Guard said on Twitter.
Thousands of migrants were massing near the Belarus border on Monday, Polish authorities said, as European Union member states called for more sanctions against Minsk and security forces braced for more attempts to force through the frontier.
Warsaw has accused Belarus of trying to spark a major confrontation, with video clips showing hundreds of migrants walking towards the Polish border and some trying to breach the fence using spades and other implements.
Polish government spokesman Piotr Muller said that there were currently 3,000-4,000 migrants near the border, and more than 10,000 others across Belarus ready to try and cross into Poland.
Warsaw said it had deployed additional soldiers, border guards and police, while neighboring Lithuania said it might introduce a state of emergency on its border with Belarus.
Poland said it had withstood the first attempts on Monday by the migrants to force their way across the border.