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Belarus: Migrants return to makeshift camp from Bruzgi-Kuznica border crossing

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Migrants stranded on the Belarus-Poland border returned to the makeshift tent camp on Tuesday after unsuccessfully attempting to cross the border via the Bruzgi-Kuznica checkpoint.

The people moved to the crossing yesterday in hope of crossing into the EU but were pushed back by the Polish border guards, who deployed tear gas, water cannons, and stun grenades on Tuesday to disperse the crowd.

Migrants carried sleeping bags and other belongings along the border and could be seen sitting around small campfires in the tent camp.

Some of the migrants have reportedly left the border zone and are on their way to a nearby town of Grodno for shelter.

Polish special services estimate that around 3,500 migrants have gathered at the Bruzgi-Kuznica border crossing.

Warsaw has increased the number of troops on the border to repel the migrants and also brought in special equipment.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday that Minsk was ready to organise flights to send migrants back to their homeland.

The migrant crisis comes amid escalating tensions between the EU and Belarus. Brussels has accused Lukashenko of orchestrating the migrant flow as part of a ‘hybrid war’ designed to put pressure on the bloc over sanctions. Minsk has denied the allegations.

Poland last month strengthened border patrols on the frontier with Belarus and put up a barbed-wire fence in place in an attempt to stem the flow.

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