, Dec 8 () –
The Police of the Polish province of Podlakia reported on Wednesday the discovery of the body of another migrant on the border with Belarus, in the context of the migration crisis in the region.
As reported to the PAP agency by a Police spokesman, Tomasz Krupa, the man, who carried a backpack and a Nigerian passport, has been found about nine kilometers from the border, in a forest near the village of Olchowka.
The authorities have detailed that they do not know with certainty if the man was, in fact, Nigerian, and are waiting for the Polish Justice to establish his identity. The body has already been transferred to a forensic facility.
The Polish Border Guard has recorded another 51 attempts to cross the border into Polish territory in the last 24 hours. A group of about 35 migrants managed to force the fences near the town of Czeremsza and entered the country a few meters, according to the DPA news agency.
In this context, the Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Blaszczak, has reported that the first British soldiers assigned to support the Army on the border have already arrived in the area. In his Twitter account, the minister has specified that the work of the United Kingdom soldiers will be to “repair” the temporary fence and “clear the road connections.”
A week ago, Polish President Andrzej Duda allowed 155 British soldiers to support Polish forces. The order, valid until the end of April 2022, also allows 150 Estonian soldiers to assist the Polish Army, posted to the border with Belarus to support the Border Guard.
Meanwhile, the Government of the Czech Republic has approved on Wednesday a proposal to send up to 150 soldiers to Poland also to support Polish soldiers in the migration crisis.
The proposal, which provides for Czech soldiers to be deployed for 180 days, must now be endorsed by both chambers of the country. Czech Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar expects Parliament to approve the mission, which will cost about 86 million crowns (more than 3.3 million euros), by the end of next week, reports CT24.
On the other hand, the Government of Belarus reported this Wednesday that, to date, the total amount of humanitarian aid that refugees have received at the border amounts to 150 tons, the Belarusian news agency BelTA reported.
Poland’s government estimated on Tuesday that Belarus still hosts some 7,000 migrants seeking to enter the European Union (EU). 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.