The United Arab Emirates has barred citizens from Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan from flights to Minsk, the latest move to contain the flow of illegal migrants that caused border escalations between Belarus and Poland.
Belavia Airlines announced that Syrians, Yemenis, Iraqis, and Afghans will no longer be allowed to board flights from Dubai to Minsk but those who have upcoming flights could claim a refund for their tickets at the place of purchase.
“For many years, it has not operated regular or charter flights to Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Syria and has never facilitated the transportation of illegal migrants to the Republic of Belarus,” said Belavia.
Belavia added it was strengthening documents verification during check-in for flights from Dubai and has strengthened control on all its flights over the compliance of all visa requirements and migration legislation of the Republic of Belarus and foreign countries.
Recently a large group of migrants and refugees, among them women and children, tried to enter Poland from Belarus for asylum protection.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) called on the Belarus-Poland states to ensure that the safety and human rights of migrants and refugees are upheld and called for an urgent resolution to the situation and to allow the open distribution of aid.
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