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Latvia – border with Belarus. Border guards recalled from holidays, police and army to help

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Within one day, there were 96 attempts to cross the border on the Latvian-Belarusian border. Therefore, the border guard asked for military and police support.

The Latvian border guard on Tuesday asked the army and police for help in protecting the border with Belarus after detecting 96 attempts to cross the border illegally in one day. In addition, border guards were recalled from their leave to join patrolling the border, and leave was suspended for those who had not yet taken it.

Latvia has “information about the possible increase in hybrid threats” and about the increasing involvement of the Belarusian authorities in organizing the flow of illegal immigrants, the border guard wrote in a statement.

Latvian border guard at the wall on the border with Belarus, in the town of RobeznekiVALDA KALNINA/EPA/PAP

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The border between Latvia and Belarus is just over 170 kilometers long and is the external border of the European Union and the Schengen Area.

Central and Eastern Europe PAP/Maciej Zieliński, Adam Ziemienowicz

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Main photo source: VALDA KALNINA/EPA/PAP

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