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Poland says Belarusian services fired towards its troops


WARSAW, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Poland summoned the Belarusian cost d’affaires on Friday, a overseas ministry spokesman stated, after border guards accused the Belarusian facet of capturing at Polish troopers patrolling the frontier.

Poland has imposed a state of emergency on the Belarusian border amid a surge in migrants from nations corresponding to Afghanistan and Iraq attempting to cross, in what Brussels and Warsaw say is a type of hybrid warfare designed to place stress on the bloc over sanctions it imposed on Minsk.

“A Belarusian patrol fired shots at Polish Army soldiers who are patrolling the border with us,” the state-run PAP news company quoted Border Guard spokeswoman Anna Michalska as saying.

“It was probably using blank ammunition. Nothing happened to anyone.”

Foreign ministry spokesman Lukasz Jasina stated the cost d’affaires Alaksandr Czasnouski had been summoned to debate “provocations” from the Belarusian facet on the border, together with the reported photographs.

As he left the ministry Czasnouski denied there had been any capturing on the border.

In August, Poland started constructing a barbed wire fence alongside its border with Belarus to curb unlawful border crossings regardless of criticism that some migrants have been being handled inhumanely.

Poland plans to strengthen its border with a system of movement sensors and cameras, modelling it on the Greek border with Turkey, its inside minister has stated. learn extra

Reporting by Alan Charlish and Pawel Florkiewicz; Editing by Gareth Jones

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