Video shows damaged Polish border fence as migrants attempt crossing

A video published by the Polish Border Guard on Twitter shows Belarusian forces standing near a damaged fence section. 

A wooden construction made up of planks was used to create an opening on the razor wire fence, the Border Guard said on Twitter.

The Polish border guard said that on Tuesday, 102 attempts to cross the border were made.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who denies the allegation that he fomented the crisis, has pressured the EU to accept some migrants while Belarus repatriates others, a demand the bloc has so far flatly rejected. 

The crisis on the Belarusian border, involving thousands of migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere all hoping to get into the European Union, has dragged on for months. 

Poland and the EU accuse Lukashenko of encouraging the migrants to travel to Belarus and cross the border illegally as revenge for sanctions imposed on Minsk over human rights abuses. 

Belarus denies the charge and says the EU is to blame for the humanitarian crisis on the border.

Humanitarian agencies say as many as 13 migrants have died at the border, where many have suffered in a cold, damp forest with little food or water as winter sets in.

(Source: Reuters) 
 


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