Poland has deployed Territorial Defense Forces on its border with Belarus in response to the large buildup of migrants.
“More than 12,000 people are on duty at the border. soldiers. We raised the state of alert @terytorialsi. Together with the services of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, we are prepared to defend the Polish border,” said Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak.
Footage from the border has shown more than a hundred migrants massing on the Kuźnica border while only a handful of Polish security forces stand guard.
The Polish government said they have already contacted the European Commission and NATO along with Lithuania and Latvia.
“Belarus wants to cause a major incident, preferably with shots fired and casualties,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk.
There have been no reported successful illegal crossings yet while there is no information on why the migrants came in large droves.
The incident came just a few days after armed men from Belarus tried to take down Polish border fences.
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