Migrants Doused by Water Cannons as They Try to Pull Down Fence at Poland-Belarus Border

Polish police said seven officers were injured at the Kuznica-Bruzgi border crossing on November 16 as migrants threw stones from the Belarusian side and Polish forces responded with water cannons and tear gas.

The clashes came a day after the European Union agreed to broaden its scope for imposing sanctions on Belarus, allowing any individuals or entities “that facilitate illegal crossing of the EU’s external borders” through Belarus to face sanctions.

This footage was published by the Polish Ministry of National Defense. The ministry said: “Today’s attack is being carried out under the strict control of the officials of the Belarusian services.” However, a spokesman for the Belarusian foreign ministry said accusations that the country was orchestrating a migration crisis were “absurd.”

Commenting on the clashes, the State Border Committee of Belarus said, “men, driven to complete despair by the unbearable conditions in which they themselves and their families had been in the last 24 hours, attempted to break into Poland.” It said that Belarus had launched an investigation into the clashes, adding, “This is regarded as nothing other than violent actions against persons who are on the territory of another country.” Credit: @MON_GOV_PL via Storyful

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