Polish authorities accused Belarus of trying to spark a major confrontation on Monday (November 8) and said they had mobilized additional soldiers as footage on social media showed hundreds of migrants walking towards the Polish border.
The video shared by the Defence Ministry on Twitter showed one man cutting part of a barbed wire fence, another attacking the fence with a spade, while a Polish soldier sprayed an unidentified substance from a can towards the group of migrants by the fence.
The European Union has accused Belarus of encouraging thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa to cross into EU countries via Belarus, as a form of hybrid warfare in revenge for Western sanctions on Minsk over human rights abuses.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's government has repeatedly denied manufacturing a migrant crisis, blaming the West for the crossings and the treatment of migrants at the border.
Poland’s neighbor Lithuania announced it was moving additional troops to the border to prepare for a possible surge in migrant crossings.