The body of a young man was found near the village of Wólka Terechowska, near the border with Belarus. He is a Syrian about 20 years old, the police in Podlasie reported on Saturday. She also informed about an attempt by a group of about 100 people to cross the border at night. According to the Border Guard, there were 219 such attempts on Friday. Orders were issued against 78 foreigners to leave the territory of Poland.
The body of the Syrian was in a forest area. The police said that an employee of a forest service plant found them. During the examination, the police found the passport of the deceased person. “The activities carried out in the place where the body was found did not allow for an unambiguous determination of the cause of death. The body was transferred to the Forensic Medicine Department for the purpose of performing an autopsy and determining the cause of death” – the police said.
An attempt to cross the border illegally
The police in Podlasie also announced on Saturday morning that in the area of Wólka Terechowska (Czeremcha commune, Hajnowski poviat), on the night from Friday to Saturday, around 1.00 am, another attempt was made to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border.
“A group of about 100 people on the Belarusian side was supposed to damage the fence. Several dozen policemen went there. People on the Belarusian side, at the sight of policemen, soldiers and Border Guard officers, fled deep into the forest” – the police said.
According to the Border Guard on Twitter, there were 219 attempts to illegally cross the border on Friday. Decisions to leave the territory of Poland were issued against 78 foreigners. Three foreigners – citizens of Iraq – were arrested and – for aiding in crossing the border – one Polish citizen was arrested – it was stated.
From the beginning of the year, the Border Guard recorded over 33 thousand. attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border, of which nearly 17.3 thousand. in October, almost 7.7 thous. in September and over 3.5 thousand. in August.
Three “couriers” detained
The spokesman of the Podlasie police, Tomasz Krupa, also announced on Saturday that the Podlasie police detained three more people: two citizens of Ukraine and a Pole, who were transporting people illegally staying in Poland. In total, they transported 20 migrants, citizens of Iraq, he added.
Krupa said that the Ukrainians and the Pole were detained “in connection with assisting in illegal border crossing”. The migrants they transported are handed over to the Border Guard, and the cars have been secured as material evidence. He did not explain whether any preventive measures had been taken against these drivers.
The arrests took place in Zalesiany and Łyski. In Zalesiany, the police detained a Toyota in which a Ukrainian citizen transported four Iraqis and a Mercedes in which another Ukrainian transported five Iraqi citizens. In Łyski, they stopped a Peugeot boxer in which a Pole was carrying eleven Iraqi citizens.
Tomasz Krupa summed up that since the beginning of the crisis, 261 people, the so-called couriers, precisely in connection with assisting with illegal border crossing. In total, these people transported 1,088 people in their cars.
Construction of a dam along the border with Belarus
By the middle of next year, a steel fence will be erected on the border with Belarus, topped with barbed wire and enriched with electronic devices, said the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński.
The dam along the border with Belarus will be built on a length of 180 km in Podlasie. The Bug River is a natural dam in the Lublin region. In total, the dam will be 5.5 m high. Along the border, motion sensors as well as day and night cameras will be installed.
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. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. The Seym agreed to extend the state of emergency for another 60 days.
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 covered by the state of emergency.
Main photo source: PAP / Irek Dorożański / DWOT