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10 November 2021, 13:31

Belarus' border service: Polish servicemen use military-grade weapons against refugees

MINSK, 10 November (BelTA) - Polish servicemen use military-grade weapons against refugees and fire shots over their heads, BelTA learned from the State Border Committee of Belarus.

"The tensions on the Belarusian-Polish border have been escalating. For the third day more than 2,000 refugees, including women and children, have been living and sleeping on the ground at low temperatures. They are in dire need of food, water and medicines. All of them do not consider Belarus as their final destination and openly declare their intention to get to the EU countries to apply for asylum," the committee said.

The EU has made no constructive attempts to resolve the situation. In addition to gross violations of its international obligations in the field of human rights, Poland has also made attempts to organize provocations.

“In addition to the use of physical violence and tear gas, Polish servicemen use military-grade weapons and fire shots over their heads of the refugees as they try to cross the border. The events of the recent days have shown that the Polish security forces do not restrain themselves in their means, beating refugees severely and forcing them out from the Polish territory. This is done to intimidate and show force in front of defenseless people fleeing from war-torn countries,” the committee said.

The State Border Committee added that the use of weapons by Polish law enforcers against refugees was repeatedly confirmed by video footage. “The EU has not reacted to such Poland's actions, which indicates silent approval of almost all illegal actions in solving the migrant crisis. It should be noted that such ill-considered actions can lead to a border conflict,” the ministry stated.

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