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16 November 2021, 19:41

Poland accused of using toxic irritants against refugees at Belarusian border

MINSK, 16 November (BelTA) – Polish law enforcement personnel used special gear and ammunition containing toxic irritants against refugees at the Belarusian-Polish border on 16 November, BelTA learned from Deputy Chief of the Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection and Ecology Office of the General Staff of Belarus' Armed Forces Igor Malyk.

According to the source, Polish law enforcement personnel used ammunition containing toxic irritants. The indiscriminate use of such chemicals can result in permanent damage to human health, damage to breathing organs and eyes. The chemicals represent the greatest danger for people with chronic diseases of these organs, Igor Malyk said.

Situation at Belarusian-Polish border somewhat stabilizedSituation at Belarusian-Polish border somewhat stabilized
Despite the certain stabilization of the border situation Polish law enforcement personnel periodically use water cannons against refugees at the border checkpoint and the nearby area. The refugees are trying to distance themselves, cover kids, and dry their clothes.

In his words, the Belarusian Defense Ministry is concerned that such chemicals were used in these conditions. “Moreover, the people were in the Belarusian territory. The Defense Ministry believes that such actions must be evaluated from the legal point of view,” the officer said.

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