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Humanitarian Crisis Worsens at Belarus Border

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The humanitarian crisis has deepened at the Polish-Belarusian border, as thousands of migrants are still trapped and cut off by a military build-up and approaching winter.

For weeks, a large group of refugees, mostly from the Middle East, remain stranded in Belarus at a border crossing.

They remain trapped as forces from the two countries face off against each other.

Most are fleeing conflict or a sense of hopelessness at home, and aim to reach any Western European countries.

The migration crisis began in August and recently escalated, with thousands travelling to Belarus in hopes of entering the EU.

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

Poland says it has stopped refugees’ attempts to enter the country, accusing Belarus of pushing migrants to the border.

A state of emergency has restricted access to the border on the Polish side, making it difficult to verify her account.

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

Poland has also accused Belarus of continuing to bringing more migrants to its border despite clearing border camps.

The European Union earlier accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of deliberately attempting to flood the bloc with migrants in retaliation for sanctions against the country.

The accusation suggests the crisis has not been resolved by an apparent change of tack by Minsk.

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