Poland sends material aid to migrants on Polish-Belarusian border

A cargo with Polish humanitarian aid for migrants trapped on the Belarusian side has reached the Polish-Belarusian border, the head of the Government Strategic Reserves Agency has told PAP.

The shipment includes tents, beds, blankets, pyjamas and protective items, Michal Kuczmierowski said.

The aid will be delivered to the migrants after the Belarusian authorities give their consent for the cargo to enter the country’s territory.

"We are waiting for confirmation from the Belarusian authorities as to the needs and the expected support," he said.

Poland has also offered to provide food and medicines, if such need arises, Kuczmierowski said.

According to official sources, a group of 24 people, including 20 men and four women but no children, has been camped at Usnarz Gorny on the Belarusian side of the Polish-Belarusian border for 16 days now.

Earlier there were 32 people but, according to the Polish Border Guard, "some of them have been taken away by the Belarusian guards."

The number of migrants from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other countries trying to cross the Belarusian border into neighbouring EU states has increased sharply in recent months. Most people have so far tried to get into Lithuania, which has accused Belarus of organising the transfer of immigrants to its territory as part of a "hybrid war".