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Podlasie, border with Belarus. The police detained smugglers from Great Britain, Sweden, Germany and Ukraine carrying migrants

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The police in Podlasie detained four smugglers carrying migrants who had entered Poland illegally. In the region directly adjacent to Belarus, “couriers” from Great Britain, Sweden, Germany and Ukraine transported a total of 33 people in cars.


The arrests took place during road checks in the villages of Wierrzch, Kleszczele, Narew and Bielsk Podlaski, the press team of the Podlasie police said in a Monday morning communiqué.

A British citizen, detained for inspection in the town of Wierrzch, was carrying eight Iraqis in his car. Police from Olsztyn detained a Toyota for inspection, which was driven by a Swedish citizen carrying ten Iraqis. The Iraqis were also transported by a Volkswagen driver stopped for inspection by officers from Krakow. The German citizen was carrying nine people in the car. Police officers from Katowice detained a Ford, driven by a Ukrainian citizen, for inspection in Kleszczele. – There were people waiting for this driver at the place where he was supposed to pick them up – the police said. It was supposed to transport six Iraqis.

So far, since the beginning of the crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border, the police in Podlaskie voivodship have detained over 260 people in connection with aiding in crossing the border.

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Polish-Belarusian border

From September 2, due to the migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus in 183 localities in the voivodeship In Podlasie and Lublin regions, a state of emergency is in force. Journalists have no access to the zone it covers. When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information.

According to the information provided by the government, there are currently 2,000 to 4,000 migrants in the border zone on the Belarusian side of the border with Poland, there are regular attempts to cross the border by force and provocation by Belarusian services.

Main photo source: Ministry of National Defense / PAP

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