A group of approximately 40 migrants attacked Polish Border Guard officers on Sunday as they launched stones and propelled other objects in the officers’ direction from Belarusian territory, law enforcement has revealed.
Additionally, eight members of the group, all of whom were Syrian migrants, illegally crossed the border and were arrested.
Tensions at the Polish-Belarusian border are still ongoing with another group of 45 foreign nationals being caught for attempting to illegally cross the border into Poland on Sunday. Authorities have revealed that the group, which included nationals from Cameroon, Yemen, and Egypt, were detained.
Since the beginning of April, officers have recorded 800 attempts to cross the Polish border. Since the beginning of the year, there have been over 4,100 attempts.
The permanent barrier being erected across large swathes of the Polish-Belarusian border is still under construction, with work being carried out simultaneously in several areas. The spokesperson for the Minister-Special Services Coordinator Stanisław Żaryn posted on Twitter that the Polish-Belarusian border is already the most well-guarded section of the EU’s external border.
The barrier will stand 5 meters tall with is entirety topped with barbed wire. Digging underneath will not be an option, as surveillance technologies will provide a precise location to the Polish Border Guard, who can arrive within five to 10 minutes to intervene.
The construction is to be completed in June 2022.