Belarus airline to stop flying in migrants

A mounting migrant crisis at the Poland-Belarus border has tensions on the rise.

The EU says Belarus is encouraging people from war-torn places to try to cross its frontier, calling it a deliberate "hybrid attack".

Now Belarusian airline Belavia says it will stop flying in citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen coming from Turkey.

It says that's following a decision by Turkish authorities.

The move comes as the EU threatened to impose new sanctions on Belarus and the airlines flying in the migrants.

Belavia is already barred from flying over the EU.

That's after an incident earlier this year, when Minsk forced a Ryanair flight to land in the country in order to arrest a dissident journalist on board.

The Belarus airline still flies to destinations in north Africa, the middle east and the former Soviet bloc.

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