WARSAW, Oct. 19 (Reuters) – Nearly 6,000 Poles soldiers now guard the national border with Belarus in kicked up safety precautions in the face of a strong increase in migration, defense minister said on Tuesday.
commitment of fresh troops marks a significant expansion of the military presence on the border alone on Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak had put the number on Saturday of soldiers Bee more than 3,000.
“Almost 6,000 soldiers serving from the 16th, 18th and 12th divisions on the Polish-Belarusian border,” said Blaszczak in a tweet.
“The soldiers provided in support to the Border Guard by protecting the country’s border and not allowing it to be crossed illegally.”
The border guard said that on Monday there were 612 attempts to illegally cross the border over to stab.
The European Commission and Warsaw say the current of migrants has been orchestrated by Belarus as a form of hybrid warfare designed pressurize on the European Union over sanctions die it imposed on Minsk. Belarus has denied this.
Poland has declared a state of emergency in the region and plans until build An wall on the border.
Parliament has also legislation passed die according to human rights lawyers, it aims to: legalize pushbacks of migrants over beyond the borders in infringement of the commitments of the country under international law.
if of On Sunday there were about 9,600 attempts to illegally cross the border over to sting in October, the border guard said.
An increasing number of migrants have also arrived in Germany and Poland media reported that the head of the German police trade union asked the interior minister to temporarily restore border controls with Poland stops the flow of migrants.
German minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer offered to send border control officers to Poland to help the country manages the influx of migrants along the border between the two EU countries, adding that Germany could also offer logistics support in a letter to his Polish counterpart.
authorities in Brandenburg, the East German state met most houses of the new arrivals, calling for tougher action against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s government.
Reporting by Alan Charlish and Joanna Plucinska in Warsaw, Thomas Escritti in Berlin; Editing by Angus MacSwan, William Maclean
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