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Children Among Thousands Stranded at Poland Borders

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More than 2,000 asylum seekers and migrants, including children, are still stranded on Poland-Belarus borders for several weeks after Polish authorities refused to let them in.

The situation is particularly acute for mothers and children stuck in the extreme cold weather and freezing temperatures without any humanitarian or medical aid.

Children – among the thousands gathered at the border – suffer from hunger and hypothermia, at least one has died.

Poland has earlier deployed 3,000 more soldiers to strengthen the border as tension mount between the two countries

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said that it was “not a calm night”. “Many attempts to breach the Polish border,” he said.

More than 2,000 asylum seekers and refugees remained on Poland-Belarus borders for several weeks. This came after Polish authorities refused to let them in.

Their numbers have unprecedentedly risen over the past few weeks amid tension between Belarus and Poland.

Poland says it has stopped attempts by the large group to enter the country. It further accused Belarus of pushing migrants to the border.

The incident has led to international condemnation from the EU, US and NATO and renewed threats of sanctions.

Poland and other EU states accuse Belarus of encouraging the migrants and refugees to cross in revenge for Western sanctions on Minsk over President Alexander Lukashenko’s crackdown on dissent after last year’s disputed election.

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