A 58-year-old Syrian citizen died in a hospital in Białystok after he fell from a fence on the Polish-Belarusian border. The man was in intensive care and was in serious condition.
– The patient died on Sunday, April 23, at 16:55 – TVN24 reporter Katarzyna Malinowska-Olczyk, spokeswoman for the University Clinical Hospital in Bialystok, told TVN24.
It was there that on April 4, a 58-year-old Syrian fell from the fence on the Polish-Belarusian border in the early morning.
He was in a very bad condition
On Tuesday, April 11, Malinowska-Olczyk spoke in front of the TVN24 camerathat the man underwent surgery and was in intensive care in a very serious condition.
The man’s death is also confirmed in an interview with our reporter by Major Katarzyna Zdanowicz, spokeswoman for the Podlaski Border Guard Unit in Białystok. He points out that the guards received such a message from the hospital. He also emphasizes that border guards did not conduct any activities in relation to the 58-year-old.
On April 11, she told us that on Tuesday, April 4, the man was noticed by employees of the electronic barrier supervision center.
She added that a Border Patrol patrol was sent to the site. “An ambulance also arrived,” Zdanowicz informed.
Recently, another body was found near the border
On Saturday, April 22, the police reported that in the vicinity of the village of Istok man’s body was found.
The police did not provide a description of the place or circumstances in which the body was found. The investigation into the circumstances of this person’s death will be conducted by the District Prosecutor’s Office in Hajnówka. A few days ago, it also initiated proceedings against a man whose body was found on Tuesday (April 18) in the evening in a wet area in the Białowieża Forest, a few kilometers from Kosy Most and Janowo. The deceased was about 30-40 years old, there were no identity documents with him.
The prosecution is currently conducting two main investigations
When it started migration crisis on this border, in autumn 2021, the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Białystok decided that cases regarding the deaths of migrants will be combined and transferred to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Suwałki.
Two main investigations are currently being conducted there, each case being a separate thread. The first investigation investigates the circumstances of the deaths of people whose bodies were found near the eastern border from autumn 2021 – when this area was still covered then state of emergency – by the end of 2022. In the second – cases recorded since the beginning of 2023.
As the spokesman for the Prosecutor’s Office in Suwałki, Wojciech Piktel, informed a few days ago, in this second investigation, investigators are currently determining the circumstances of the death of eight people whose corpses or remains were found near the border with Belarus.
Operation “Sluice” – Lukashenko’s revenge
Migration crisis on the borders of Belarus and Poland, Lithuania and Latvia was triggered by Alyaksandr Lukashenko, who is accused of conducting a hybrid war. It consists in an organized transfer of migrants to the territory of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Over the 28 years of his rule, Lukashenko has repeatedly threatened Europe with weakening border controls.
Tadeusz Giczan, journalist of the Belarusian opposition channel Nexta, described the action of bringing migrants to Belarus from the Middle East or Africa to cause a migration crisis. He explained that the Belarusian services were conducting the “Sluice” operation invented 10 years ago in this way. Under the guise of trips to Minsk, promising transfer to Western Europe, Lukashenko’s regime brought thousands of migrants to Belarus. Then he transports them to the borders of EU countries, where Belarusian services force them to cross them illegally. This operation is ongoing.
Read more at tvn24.pl: Crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border
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