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15 November 2021, 18:45

Belarus' border service: over 2,000 refugees at Bruzgi checkpoint

MINSK, 15 November (BelTA) – By the end of 15 November, more than 2,000 refugees continue to stay at the Bruzgi checkpoint, BelTA learned from the Belarusian State Border Committee.

"By the end of 15 November, more than 2,000 refugees continue to stay at the Bruzgi checkpoint. Today, 15 November, all of them left the makeshift camp where they spent seven days in the hope that Poland would honor its obligations under the migration legislation and accept their asylum applications. Opposite the refugees across the fence are armed Polish security forces. The Kuznica Bialostocka checkpoint has been reinforced by a large number of servicemen, and also special equipment, including water cannons. Polish military helicopters are constantly circling in the sky. Polish border guards issue threats to migrants over loudspeakers in different languages. All this is aimed against unarmed people, women, small children who openly declare their exclusively peaceful intentions,” the State Border Committee said.

In order to keep warm, the refugees have set up tents on the grounds of the checkpoint right on the asphalt and concrete, make fires in its vicinity. Immigrants from the Middle East continue to be waiting for a humanitarian corridor for further travel to the EU countries.

The Belarusian side did not use weapons or special means.

“The accusations by the EU against Belarus of engineering migrant flows are strange considering the obvious figures: since 1 August of this year, Belarus has denied entry to about 8,000 people. Another 5,000 foreigners who entered Belarus on legal grounds during this period already left the Belarusian territory as a result of the measures to prevent violations of migration legislation, and those were potential migrants. These are concrete, documented facts," the State Border Committee stressed.

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