WATCH Polish troops amassing along Belarus border – 15,000 caught on aerial drone footage

Drone footage by Belarus' State Border Committee shows crisis

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Tensions on the Polish border with Belarus continue to escalate as migrants try to cross into the European Union’s eastern edge. The Belarusian state border force released shocking aerial drone footage that showed scores of Polish military vehicles encamped along the boundary line. The video also showed thin fences separating lines of border police and troops, and desperate migrants in sub-zero temperatures.

Earlier this morning, the body of a young Syrian man was found in a wooded area of Poland near the border, taking the number of deaths in the crisis to nine.

The exact cause of death could not be determined, but most of the migrant deaths at the border have been due to hypothermia.

On Friday, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that around ten British troops have now been sent to the region to “address the ongoing situation at the Belarus border”.

The “small team of armed forces” were deployed as “the UK and Poland have a long history of friendship and are NATO allies”.

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It is understood that the troops, which arrived on Thursday, have been asked to work out if they can repair or toughen the fencing along the border. 

The force of Polish soldiers stationed in the area has been strengthened to 15,000 according to the country’s ministry of defence, amid rising military tensions. 

The EU has accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of deliberately flying in thousands of migrants to engineer a humanitarian crisis on its border.

Brussels claim President Lukashenko wants revenge for devastating European sanctions imposed on his country. 

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For months, the regime in Minsk has been encouraging illegal migration into the EU nations of Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia.

Many of the migrants are refugees from the Middle East, predominately Syria and Iraq. 

Polish border forces today accused Belarusian troops of ripping up the border fence overnight.

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The Poles also accused the Belarusian military of arming migrants with tear gas to attack Polish forces once they got across the border.

A spokesman for the Polish Border Force told the MailOnline: “Last night near Czeremcha, Belarusian soldiers began to destroy the temporary border by tearing up fence posts.

“Polish forces were blinded by laser beams and strobe light.

“Also, a group of about 100 migrants were to cross and Poland says Belarusians gave them tear gas, which was used against the Polish forces.”

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