Belarus border disaster: Polish cops unleash water cannons, tear gas and flash grenades on migrants


Polish border guards have fought off an assault by a whole bunch of migrants on the frontier with Belarus with water cannon and flash grenades this morning, within the newest escalation of tensions on the EU’s japanese entrance. 

The Warsaw authorities issued orders to douse a gaggle who have been throwing stones, smoke bombs and items of steel fence at their troopers regardless of the near-freezing situations, MailOnline can reveal.  

One police officer was rushed to hospital with a suspected fractured cranium after being hit within the face. 

Around 4,000 determined refugees, most from the Middle East and North Africa, have gathered on the Polish border after being ferried to the frontier by forces loyal to Belarusian tyrant Alexander Lukashenko.

At least 11 migrants have died on each side because the inflow began in the summertime. One of them, a 19-year-old Syrian from the war-torn metropolis of Homs, was laid to relaxation on Monday. 

Lukashenko’s males gave the impression to be forcing the migrants via gaps within the fence in video which emerged at the moment, whereas different footage confirmed a Belarusian soldier reducing a gap within the barbed wire. 

A fleet of specialist water cannon autos has been drafted to the border crossing between Kuznica and Bruzgi the place hundreds of migrants have gathered since final week within the hopes of reaching the EU. 

Newly launched footage reveals Polish police firing a water cannon throughout the border fence on the migrants on the Belarus aspect border.

A spokesman for the Polish Border Guard informed MailOnline: ‘Migrants on the border crossing at Bruzgi on the Belarusian aspect have been attacking the Polish border service for about an home.

Polish police hearth a water cannon at migrants camped on the Belarusian-Polish border at Bruzgi on Tuesday morning

A migrant hurls a rock in the direction of police on the border as others are seen with stones of their arms able to throw on the police

A migrant shields his face as a Polish policeman makes use of pepper spray in opposition to him on the border fence

A Polish police water cannon douses migrants after they hurled stones and different projectiles at officers and troops stationed alongside the road

A migrant runs away as he’s hosed down by Polish police through the standoff on the border on Tuesday morning

A police water cannon douses migrants camped on the Polish border with Belarus because the migrant disaster continues 

A migrant hauls on a pole on the fence at the moment as Polish police are seen holding up their shields to guard from projectiles

Polish police with riot shields stand guard as migrants hurl rocks and different projectiles in the direction of the border fence

Water cannon and tear gas are used to disperse migrants on the frontier this morning

Police police stand guard in heavy armour as a water cannon douses the migrants on the Kuznica – Bruzgi checkpoint

Smoke from police tear gas grenades billow throughout the border as migrants try and breach the fence

A funeral ceremony for Ahmad Al Hassan, 19, a Syrian migrant who drowned in a river throughout an try and cross the border from Belarus to Poland. At least 11 migrants have died within the disaster because the summer season

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko holds a meeting on the scenario on the Belarusian-Polish border from the presidential palace in Minsk on Thursday

‘Water cannons have been used in opposition to these aggressive foreigners.

‘The migrants have been throwing stones and objects that emit smoke on the Polish Border Service.

‘A loud bang was heard and a log of wooden was thrown via the barbed wire fence by aggressive foreigners.’

The spokesman added: ‘Immigrants camped on the border crossing in Bruzgi have been behaving aggressively, throwing stones and varied objects on the Polish Border Guard.

‘In order to forestall unlawful border crossing, water cannons have been used in opposition to the aggressive foreigners.’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov known as the usage of tear gas and water cannon by Polish forces ‘completely unacceptable’.

‘The behaviour of the Polish aspect is totally unacceptable,’ he informed a press convention in Moscow, citing ‘tear gas and a water cannon and pictures fired above the heads of migrants in the direction of the course of Belarus’.

The Polish Red Cross have informed how the migrants are freezing to demise within the freezing situations on the Polish-Belarus border.

Drenching them with water cannon is for certain to make the humanitarian scenario worse.

But charities have been prevented from providing any help

A Polish Red Cross spokeswoman informed MailOnline: ‘Refugees are freezing to demise within the forest.

‘There are pregnant ladies and youngsters amongst them.

‘We have every part they want – medical help, heat garments and sizzling meals however we now have been prevented from reaching them.’ 

Migrants sit round a camp hearth on the border on Tuesday as skirmishes get away with the guards close by

Water is sprayed at migrants camped alongside the border on Tuesday as a helicopter flies overhead 

Hundreds of migrants, most of them from the Middle East and North Africa, mass on the border on Tuesday

A police water cannon fires over the border fence as migrants hurl objects on the troops

A Polish Border Guard helicopter flies over the frontier this morning

Police vans make their manner down a freeway near the border because the migrant disaster continues 

Polish border guards estimate as much as 4,000 migrants are actually camped out alongside the border between Poland and Belarus in more and more dire situations and freezing temperatures.

Western powers accuse Belarus of orchestrating the disaster, probably with the backing of Russia, by luring migrants to the border to sow division within the EU – although Minsk and Moscow deny the claims. 

A standoff close to the Bruzgi-Kuznica border crossing on the EU’s japanese frontier started final week when a whole bunch of migrants gathered there. 

Russia and Belarus have denied organising the disaster, Lukashenko informed a authorities meeting on Tuesday: ‘We can’t let this so-called drawback result in heated confrontation.’

‘The fundamental factor now’s to guard our nation and our folks, and to not enable clashes,’ he added, in keeping with state information company Belta.

Lukashenko mentioned the disaster with Germany’s Angela Merkel on Monday, his first telephone name with a Western chief since he suppressed mass protests in opposition to his rule final year.

Water cannon is unleashed on the migrants because the disaster on the EU border enters its second week

Migrants battle with police on the Polish-Belarus border on Tuesday

Migrants protect their faces from tear gas throughout skirmishes on the border on Tuesday morning

Water is sprayed over the barricades to migrants congregated below the Kuznica – Bruzgi checkpoint

Two Polish troopers are seen sitting behind a military truck on the best way to the frontier at the moment

The Belarus chief – in energy since 1994 and accused by the West of rigging an election final year – mentioned he and Merkel agreed the standoff ought to be defused.

‘We have been of the united opinion that no person wants escalation – not the EU, or Belarus,’ he mentioned.

But he mentioned he had ‘differing’ views with Merkel on how the migrants acquired to Belarus, with the West saying Minsk had introduced them there as revenge for sanctions.

EU international ministers have agreed that present sanctions concentrating on Lukashenko’s regime will likely be expanded to incorporate people or corporations discovered to have inspired border crossings.

‘We aren’t gathering all of the refugees on this planet and bringing them to Belarus, as Poland informed the EU,’ Lukashenko mentioned, including that Minsk had deported round 5,000 migrants.

The US has additionally vowed to increase its sanctions on Belarus. 

Merkel’s office mentioned the pair mentioned bringing humanitarian help to the migrants, whose quantity consists of many younger youngsters.

Migrants wrapped in blankets to guard from the chilly stand on the Belarus-Poland border this morning

Troops on their strategy to the entrance because the migrant continues for a second week

Polish officers maintain riot shields as they face off with migrants on the border once more on Tuesday

French President Emmanuel Macron additionally on Monday mentioned the disaster along with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who has urged the EU to talk on to Minsk.

France’s Europe minister Clement Beaune mentioned there have been indicators that the disaster was de-escalating however urged warning.

‘Europe has been fast, united and agency on this disaster,’ he informed the France 2 tv channel. ‘It is doing the correct factor.’

Iraq has mentioned it is going to begin voluntary repatriations of its residents from Belarus this week, however many migrants – together with these AFP spoke to – have vowed not to return.

Following EU strain to cease the arrivals, Turkish Airlines has banned Iraqis, Syrians and Yemenis from flying to Belarus by way of Turkey and non-public Syrian provider Cham Wings Airlines has mentioned it is going to halt flights to Minsk.