GRODNO DISTRICT, 26 November (BelTA) – Up to 200 refugees cross into the territories of Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia every day, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he talked to refugees at the transport and logistics center near the Bruzgi checkpoint on the Belarusian-Polish border on 26 November, BelTA has learned.
"According to the authorities of Poland and other neighboring countries, up to 200 people cross into the territories of Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia every day. They catch some of them and bring them back to the border. There are a lot of sick and exhausted people: every day we take about 10 people from the border to hospitals. Others attempt to cross into Poland again in hopes of reaching Germany," the head of state said.
The president voiced the data that over the past 24 hours about 200 people crossed the Belarusian border into the territory of Poland and fewer - into the territory of Lithuania. "Those were the people who were in Minsk, Grodno, who rented apartments. Maybe 10 people among them were from your camp," the Belarusian leader said.
"Over the past 24 hours, Poland made an attempt to brutally push back about 400 people. They went back. About 150 people are still at the border wandering along the border line," the head of state said.
According to Belarus' estimates, in addition to 2,000 thousands currently living in the camp in Grodno District, there are about 2,000-3,000 people from the Middle East on the territory of Belarus.