Belarus accuses Lithuania of bringing migrant bodies across border

Belarusian authorities are reportedly pushing migrants back towards the EU border with Poland © AFP/File Wojtek RADWANSKI

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SULAIMANI — The Belarus border patrol said the body of a migrant was dragged across the border from Lithuania, the country’s state media reported on Monday (November 29).

On Sunday, Belarus’ State Border Security Committee said the body of a beaten man was found on the Belarusian border, accusing Lithuanian forces of planting it.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko the "killing of people” during the recent crisis at Belarus’ border with the European Union, the country’s BelTA news reported.

"During this migrant crisis, the bastards went as far as killing people. Last night, they planted a corpse on our border, and we found another body late last night as well,” Lukashenko said during a meeting with the defense ministry.

"The pattern is the same,” he added.

"This is the sixth victim of the cynical and inhumane policy of Lithuania and Poland against vulnerable people discovered at the EU border," the Belarus Border Security Committee said.

Thousands of people from Iraq and the Kurdistan Region are currently waiting on Belarus’ border with Poland, caught between Belarusian authorities trying to use them against European countries that have been critical of Minsk’s human rights records and European Union countries trying to prevent irregular migration.

(NRT Digital Media)