Poland Deploys Troops to Belarus Border to Counter Migrant Surge

Over 900 troops from Poland have been deployed in Belarus to support its border guards to stop a growing number of migrants entering the country.

Deputy Interior Minister Maciej Wąsik said that the Polish Army is also protecting the border with Belarus.

“The Polish Army supports the Border Guard in protecting the border with Belarus. I received reports from commanders on this matter. More than 900 troops are involved in this operation,” he said in a tweet.

“The border guard will not be admitting illegal immigrants to Poland,” he added.

A Polish deputy interior minister said on late Tuesday that the border with Belarus was sealed and that soldiers had been stationed there for a week. 

Along with Lithuania and other Baltic nations, Poland accuses Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s autocratic administration of smuggling people through their borders.

According to official Polish data released on Wednesday, 2,100 persons attempted to enter Poland illegally this month. Border officers stopped 1,342 of them, and 758 were sent to detention cells.

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