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Poland plans to spend over $400 million on wall on Belarus border

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WARSAW, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Poland plans to spend over 1.6 billion zlotys ($404 million) on constructing a wall on its border with Belarus, in accordance to a draft invoice lawmakers are due to talk about on Wednesday, in a bid to stem the stream of migrants making an attempt to cross.

In August, Poland started constructing a barbed wire fence alongside its border with Belarus to curb the unlawful border crossings regardless of criticism that some migrants have been being handled inhumanely. The wall, which might include a system of movement sensors and cameras, would additional bolster border safety.

Poland and fellow EU nations Lithuania and Latvia have reported sharp will increase in migrants from nations comparable to Afghanistan and Iraq crossing their borders from Belarus, in what Warsaw and Brussels say is a type of hybrid warfare designed to put stress on the EU over sanctions towards Minsk.

“Despite the fact that the Polish-Belarusian section of the state border has been set up with barbed wire and a concertina-type wire fence, the number of attempts to cross the border is not decreasing, but is growing,” mentioned the justification of the invoice posted on the parliament’s web site.

From the beginning of January until the top of September, it mentioned, the Border Guard prevented 9,287 makes an attempt to cross the frontier from Belarus into Poland, and of these round 8,000 came about within the final two months alone.

“Due to the fact that the situation may carry on for many months longer we need to take protective measures,” mentioned authorities spokesman Piotr Muller.

The complete value of the mission is 1.615 billion zlotys, of which the development of the bodily barrier will value 1.5 billion zlotys, and the technical tools will value 115 million zlotys.

($1 = 3.9593 zlotys)

Reporting by Alan Charlish and Pawel Florkiewicz
Editing by Gareth Jones

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