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Crisis on the border. Reuters talked to migrants in Białystok

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Youssef Atallah, a migrant from Syria, was afraid that he would die in the forest on the Polish-Belarusian border. It was frost and he had neither food nor water. In addition, he was breathing with difficulty because his nose was broken by a Belarusian soldier. Now he is staying at the center in Białystok. Reuters agency spoke to Atallah and other migrants.

Youssef Atallah, who is at the center for migrants in Bialystok, said he was one of the many migrants trapped at the border. Polish guards pushed him back to Belarus, and there he was blocked by Belarusian officers. The same ones who earlier helped him enter the territory of Poland.

– We told them that we want to return to Minsk and we do not want to continue this journey – he said. “We heard that it is impossible that there is no return to Minsk,” he said. He mentioned that he had breathing problems because one of the Belarusian soldiers broke his nose.

Reuters talked to migrants in Białystok about the crisis on the border Reuters

Migrants about Belarusian soldiers: they give us a wire cutter

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Another Afghan migrant who declined to give his name also told Reuters about being stranded at the border. – Belarusian soldiers help, or actually force them to cross the border – he said. He added that he heard from one of them that it was an order.

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An Afghan who fled his homeland after the Taliban took power, described how the Belarusian army would arrive every night and pick up a group of migrants from the camps and push them towards the border. – They look to see if no one can see them, give a wire cutter and order them to cut the Polish fence – he explained.

Migrant from Syria: I feel safer

Thaer Rezk, a 29-year-old migrant from Homs, Syria, said Belarusian guards sometimes cut holes in the border fence themselves to help migrants get into Poland. Despite the difficult situation, Rezk is optimistic. – Now I feel safer. I am sure that I will find a job and my son will get a good education – he said.

The crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border

A crisis continues on the Polish-Belarusian border. On Monday, large groups of migrants tried to force their way to Poland. The Ministry of National Defense announced in the afternoon that a massive attempt to cross the border had been stopped. There are over a dozen thousand officers of the Border Guard, police and army on the spot.

Since September 2, due to the migratory pressure, a state of emergency has been in force in 183 towns in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces adjacent to the border with Belarus. A dam is to be built on the border with Belarus in the first half of 2022.

When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information. Journalists have no access to the area under the state of emergency.

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