Polish authorities denounce two more attempts to cross the border
, Dec 7 () –
The Government of Poland estimates that Belarus still hosts some 7,000 migrants seeking to enter the European Union (EU) in the context of the migration crisis in the region.
“We estimate that (Alexander) Lukashenko’s regime has returned some 3,000 migrants to Iraq and Syria, but a considerably higher number, about 7,000, are still in Belarusian territory,” Polish intelligence spokesman Stanislaw Zaryn told the PAP news agency.
However, the number of attempts to cross the Polish border from Belarus has decreased, according to Zaryn, but he has indicated that it would be “premature” to think that the crisis is over.
In this context, he has ensured that the Belarusian security forces continue to send small groups of migrants to the border to find the areas with less security and get across the border, the DPA news agency reported.
As reported by the Border Guard on Twitter on Tuesday, the Polish authorities have registered 116 attempts to cross illegally into Polish territory in the last 24 hours.
Border Guard spokeswoman Lt. Anna Michalska told PAP that two groups of about 30 people managed to enter the Czeremcha area. The Polish officers were blinded by laser beams and stones were also thrown at them, Michalska has denounced.
The Polish Government and the European Union continue to accuse Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of deliberately transferring hundreds of people from conflict zones to the border to exert pressure on the EU bloc. Lukashenko denies it.