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Poland rescues 10 suspected migrants from swamp close to Belarus border

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Poland’s Border Guard says it has rescued 10 suspected migrants from a swamp close to the nation’s border fence with Belarus.

The authority mentioned it saved eight Sri Lankan residents, one Pakistani citizen, and an Indian citizen “throughout an especially tough operation”.

The group was discovered late on Tuesday night close to the Siemianówka lake, just some kilometres from the Belarusian border.

“The sought group of migrants was positioned utilizing a drone,” the Border Guard mentioned on Twitter.

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“All of them migrants and [rescue] officers have been very exhausted and had no means of protected return. A army helicopter was referred to as into motion.”

Polish authorities have warned that migrant exercise on the border with Belarus has elevated amid the struggle in Ukraine.

Final yr, the European Union accused Minsk of facilitating the unlawful migration of 1000’s of individuals from the Center East and Africa.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko — a key ally of Moscow — denied allegations that he was encouraging migration to attempt to destabilise the EU.

A complete of 63 folks tried to cross the Belarus border on Tuesday, in response to the Polish Border Guard.

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Poland just lately accomplished development on a brand new 186-kilometre border wall in an try to discourage migrants coming into from Belarusian territory.

Human rights teams have accused Warsaw of a double normal by welcoming tens of millions of Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion, whereas additionally blocking principally Asian refugees from coming into through Belarus.

Not less than 20 individuals are recognized to have died between Belarus and Poland in freezing situations within the final yr.

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Warsaw has additionally begun constructing a razor-wire fence on its border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad to stem migration.

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