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22 November 2021, 17:17

Belarus recognizes 132 people as victims of border incident

Polish law enforcement personnel used water cannons against refugees at the Belarusian border checkpoint Bruzgi on 16 November.
Polish law enforcement personnel used water cannons against refugees at the Belarusian border checkpoint Bruzgi on 16 November.

GRODNO, 22 November (BelTA) – As many as 132 people, including over 20 children, have been recognized as victims of what happened at the Belarusian-Polish border, BelTA learned from Chairman of Belarus' Investigative Committee Dmitry Gora.

A criminal case to investigate crimes against peace has been opened.

As many as 132 people, including 23 children aged 1-14, have been recognized as victims within the framework of the criminal case. Forensic studies have been ordered in every case. The work continues and the number of victims will grow higher. For instance, when Dmitry Gora was talking to reporters, forensic experts were examining a father and a kid, who had suffered from actions of Polish law enforcement personnel.

A number of reporters were also affected. Dmitry Gora said that every fact of illegal actions by Polish law enforcement personnel will be evaluated from the legal point of view.

The victims have various kinds of traumas, including chemical burns, bodily injuries. One of them probably has broken ribs. Most of the victims experienced damage to their breathing organs due to exposure to strong chemicals, Dmitry Gora said. In his words, these chemicals were used so intensively that even the investigation team, which worked at the site several hours after the Polish law enforcement personnel used the chemicals against refugees, was also affected.

A request for legal aid will be sent for the sake of full investigation of the criminal case, including to Polish authorities.

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