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Poland turns water cannons on thousands of migrants as tensions rise at Belarus border

CA, 17 Nov 2021
Polish security forces fired water cannons at migrants who threw rocks at guards manning the border with Belarus on Tuesday. Video from Polish authorities showed migrants also throwing bottles and logs across a barbed-wire border fence, and using sticks to try to break through.

Seven police were hurt in the violence, the latest in a crisis the European Union says is orchestrated by Belarus in retaliation for EU sanctions imposed over a crackdown on political protests—a charge that Minsk denies.

Up to 4,000 migrants are waiting in freezing forests on what is not only Poland's frontier, but is also the external border of the EU and NATO, the Western military alliance.

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