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Syrian Migrant Found Dead on Polish-Belarusian Border

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The Polish border guard service says a Syrian migrant has died near the country’s frontier with Belarus.

Police investigation revealed he was a 24-year-old Syrian man.

The victim is the latest in string of fatalities at the border between Poland and Belarus..

At least six other migrants have died of exhaustion at the Polish-Belarusian border since August. Large numbers of them from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Afghanistan, but also from Africa started trying to cross there.

Hoping to eventually reach Germany, they became stranded in the wooded border strip with no food or protection from the elements.

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, has earlier urged Poland to provide medical care and legal support to migrants at its border.

Along with rights groups, the agency also pressed the Polish authorities to shelter those refugees.

This appeal comes a day after Warsaw said it would build a fence to stop migrants flowing into the country.

Poland, Lithuania and Latvia have reported a spike in migrants from Afghanistan and Iraq.

The EU says Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko is waging a “hybrid” war on migrants to pressure the bloc.

“While we acknowledge the challenges posed by recent arrivals at Poland, we call on the Polish authorities to provide access to territory,” said UNHCR representative in Poland, Christine Goyer.

“We also call for immediate medical assistance, legal advice, and psychosocial support to these people,” she added.

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