Polish police say a group of 50 immigrants crossed the Belarusian border

A group of about 50 migrants broke through defenses at the border with Belarus and entered Poland near the village of Starzyna, police said on Sunday, as the situation at the border became increasingly tense.

Thousands of migrants have traveled to Belarus in hopes of crossing into the European Union, only to find themselves trapped at the border in freezing conditions.

The European Union accuses Minsk of orchestrating the crisis to pressure the bloc over the sanctions it has imposed, but Belarus has repeatedly denied this. Some countries in the region have warned that the confrontation could escalate into a military conflict.

“Yesterday, before 5 pm, about 50 people broke into Poland near Starzyna,” Podlaska police said on Twitter, adding that 22 Iraqi nationals were subsequently arrested.

Polish military police stand guard at the Polish-Belarusian border near Kuznica, Poland, in this photo released by the Territorial Defense Forces on November 12, 2021 (credit: IREK DOROZANSKI / DWOT / BROCHURE VIA REUTERS )

Police also said they were attacked Saturday night during a separate attempt to cross the border, and an officer’s helmet was damaged after a stone was thrown at him.

In all, the Polish Border Guard said there were 223 attempts to cross the border illegally on Saturday.


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