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17 November 2021, 18:25

Belarusian authorities resolved to move refugees to safety

GRODNO, 17 November (BelTA) – The main task in the work with refugees is moving them to safety, BelTA learned from Grodno Oblast Governor Vladimir Karanik on 17 November.

The governor visited the temporary refugee accommodation facility in a transportation and logistics hub not far from the Belarusian border checkpoint Bruzgi on 17 November. The decision to move people to warm and comfortable conditions was made after the Polish side used special gear and ammunition, including water cannons and gas, during an escalation of the situation at the border on 16 November.

“The main task was to move people to safety. We have to warm up and feed them. It is being done now,” the official said. All the legal actions regarding the future fate of the people will be taken once their lives and health are no longer in danger.

Vladimir Karanik noted that concerned citizens, organizations, and enterprises have been sending aid to the refugees since the very first day the refugees camped out at the border. “It has once again confirmed that Belarusians are not indifferent to someone else's hardships,” he stressed.

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.
Refugees at logistics hub: First warm night in many daysRefugees at logistics hub: First warm night in many days
Some 1,000 refugees agreed to move to the logistics hub. Many of them were families with children. The refugees were given mattresses, dry and warm clothes and hot meals.
Refugees get hot meals in Belarusian logistics hubRefugees get hot meals in Belarusian logistics hub
On 16 November Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko instructed Grodno Oblast Governor Vladimir Karanik and President's Aide – Inspector for Grodno Oblast Yuri Karayev to open a temporary refugee accommodation center in the transport and logistics hub near the border checkpoint Bruzgi.

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