Belarus announces expulsion of refugee camps on the Polish border

Iraqis board a flight to Baghdad in Minsk on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

Belarusian news agency Felda announced, supports photosOn Thursday, November 18, immigrants left two camps they had occupied near Brusky, Belarus on the Polish border, and many of them were taken to nearby hangars.

At the same time, about 430 Iraqis have volunteered to return to Iraq, said Majid al-Gilani, Iraq’s ambassador to Russia, citing the Associated Press. The Iraqi Airways flight took off from Minsk to Baghdad in the afternoon, where the government announced. “Return” Its citizens “Volunteers”. The plane made its first stop in Erbil, where most of the passengers landed, before reaching the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in the evening.

“About 7,000” The Belarusian president said on Thursday that there are currently about 2,000 immigrants in Belarus, including about 2,000 on the Polish border. Its spokeswoman Natalia Eismond said Minsk would take steps to repatriate 5,000 migrants, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to hold talks with the European Union. “Humanitarian Corridor” The remaining 2,000 were to be deported to Germany.

But the House of Representatives has denied this information. “Germany does not agree. This is a European problem that Germany has not dealt with alone., Thus a German government source responded. For his part, the German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, visited Warsaw, he promised. “I contacted immediately” President after hearing Belarusian reports “It simply came to our notice then Fake news.

The West accuses Minsk of arranging the visit from the summer, 2020, in response to Western sanctions against Belarus following the repression of a historic anti-government movement.

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Arrested in Poland

For their part, Polish security forces announced the arrest of hundreds of migrants trying to cross the Belarusian border from Wednesday night, November 17 to Thursday, November 18, with Warsaw blaming Minsk for planning the attempt.

The Polish Ministry of Defense blamed the Belarusians “Forced to throw stones at Polish soldiers to divert attention from immigrants.” “Attempt to cross the border took place a few hundred meters away”, Near the village of Dubicze Cerkiewne, the ministry said.

Video released by the Ministry of Defense shows Polish soldiers encircling a large group of migrants lying on the ground at night in a forest near a barbed wire fence. “Attack yesterday [mercredi] Conducted by Special Forces [de la Biélorussie], Once again accused the minister. The incident could not be verified independently because journalists on the Polish side were barred from entering the border area.

In another incident, video footage released by Belarusian border guards showed a Lithuanian border guard dog biting a man lying on the ground in a sleeping bag. Lithuanian border guards have admitted the incident, saying they were trying to push a group of immigrants into Belarus and that border guards had not seen the immigrant.

Le G7 Condom Minsk

The G7 nations called for an end to Belarus on Thursday “At the same time” He blamed Minsk for the migration crisis on the EU border “Distract” Violations of international law and human rights.

In a statement, the UK Foreign Ministers (which is the rotating leader of the G7) condemned France, the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the European Union. “Synchronization of Belarusian regime of illegal immigration beyond its borders”. “We urge the regime to immediately suspend its campaign of aggression and exploitation to avoid further casualties and suffering.”, Said.

The G7 called on Minsk to provide international systems “Immediate and unrestricted access to humanitarian assistance” And his revealed “Unity” Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, victims “Provocative use of illegal immigration”.

Minsk is isolated from the international arena

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by telephone for the second time in three days to discuss the file, which, with Moscow’s support, would cause serious tensions between the European Union and Belarus. .

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Isolated from the international arena, Minsk argued on Wednesday, the appeal between MMe Merkel and Lukashenko reached an agreement on setting up Belarus-EU talks. But the announcement was immediately accepted by Berlin, which only mentioned the cooperation between Minsk and the European Union to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants stranded on the border. Only the European Commission triggers “Discussion Techniques” With Minsk, to be deported to their native country of emigration, formerly Belarus “Provide access to humanitarian assistance and provide shelter for immigrants in the country”.

The Polish government, for its part, warned against any deal of impending crisis. “Over our heads”. Russia praised the direct link between the EU and Belarus and denied any involvement in the crisis. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday that Europe should not blame Russia. “All Evil”.

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At least eleven people died

Aid organizations say the border crisis has already claimed at least eleven lives on both sides of the border since the crisis began this summer. One of them said early Thursday morning that he had helped a Syrian couple who had been in the jungle for a month and a half. “Their one-year-old child died in the jungle”, Polish International Assistance Center, PCPM, said on Twitter.

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Le Monde with AP, AFP and Reuters