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17 November 2021, 14:42

Use of chemicals at Belarusian-Polish border confirmed

Refugees clash with Polish police at the Belarusian border checkpoint Bruzgi on 16 November
Refugees clash with Polish police at the Belarusian border checkpoint Bruzgi on 16 November

MINSK, 17 November (BelTA) – Forensic experts have confirmed that chemical substances had been used at the border, BelTA learned from Sergei Titovets, Head of the Mass Media Relations Department of the State Forensic Examination Committee of Belarus.

Objects were collected on 16 November after examining the site of the incident (a section of the Belarusian-Polish border in the area of the border checkpoint Bruzgi in Belarus' territory) and submitted to the State Forensic Examination Committee for chemical tests. Soil samples, wipe samples, samples of vegetation with a layer of colored substances were submitted. Belarusian forensic experts established that they contain compounds that have a tear irritant effect. In certain concentrations they can cause chemical burns of the mucous membrane and eyes, Sergei Titovets said.

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.

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