Belarus clears migrant camps at Polish border

Belarusian security forces escorted thousands of migrants who were amassed in makeshift camps at the Poland-Belarus border to a transport and logistics center a few hundred meters away, according to Polish border forces.

The area has been the scene of violent clashes, with migrants trying to push through razor-wire fences and Polish security forces blasting them with water cannons. But Belarusian authorities removed the self-made camps Thursday, according to a video posted by the Polish border force, which could not be independently verified, and a report by the New York Times.

The EU has accused Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko of manufacturing the border crisis by attracting migrants from the Middle East and driving them toward the EU in retaliation for sanctions from Brussels.

Airlines have restricted flights to Belarus in a bid to contain the migrant influx, as the EU advances a new raft of sanctions to punish those involved in orchestrating the migrant crisis.

Poland previously approved a draft law to build a wall at the border with Belarus to protect its frontier from a surge of people.

And as temperatures plummet in the region, it is unclear where the migrants will go next.

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