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Migrants at the border. Two groups tried to force through the Polish-Belarusian border. A wounded soldier

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In the villages of Dubicze Cerkiewne and Czeremcha, attempts were made to cross the Polish-Belarusian border by force, one of the soldiers was hit with a stone in the head, the Border Guard informed. According to reports from the services, the officers were thrown with branches, logs and stones. Both attempts were thwarted.

Staff ensign Ewelina Szczepańska from the press section of the Border Guard described that around 4 p.m. on Monday there was a force attempt to cross the Polish-Belarusian border by a group of about 100 people near Dubicze Cerkiewne.

– Green lasers were used to blind our officers. Foreigners threw stones, smashed a window in an army vehicle. Nobody was hurt. The attempt was entirely thwarted, she said.

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The second attempt to cross the Polish-Belarusian border took place near the town of Czeremcha. About 50 foreigners took part in it. – It was also a very aggressive group. Branches, logs and stones were thrown. One of the soldiers was hit in the head with a rock. Despite the helmet, his head was cut open. Medical help was called on the spot, Szczepańska said.

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The crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border

From the beginning of the year, the Border Guard recorded over 33,000 attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border, of which 5,300 in November, nearly 17.3,000 in October, almost 7.7,000 in September and over 3,500 in August.

Since September 2, due to migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus, 183 localities of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships have been in a state of emergency. It was introduced for 30 days by the Presidential Ordinance issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. The Seym agreed to extend the state of emergency for another 60 days.

By the middle of next year, a fence with barbed wire and electronic surveillance systems is to be erected on the border with Belarus. The dam, 180 kilometers long and 5.5 meters high, will be built in Podlasie. Along the border, motion sensors as well as day and night cameras will be installed. The Bug River is a natural dam in the Lublin region.

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

Polish-Belarusian border. Photo published by the Territorial Defense ForcesDWOT

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