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Crisis on EU Border Heats Up as Poland Uses Tear Gas on Migrants

  • Poland says up to 4,000 migrants are gathered near border
  • EU nations have called migrant flow from Belarus hybrid attack
Migrants at a makeshift encampment on the border between Belarus and Poland.

Migrants at a makeshift encampment on the border between Belarus and Poland.

Photographer: Wojtek Radwansky/AFP/Getty Images

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The months-long humanitarian crisis on the European Union’s eastern flank escalated with Belarus-backed migrants storming barbed-wire fences on the Polish border, only to be repelled by tear gas.

Videos released on Monday by the Polish government showed migrants gathering near the frontier, throwing projectiles toward Polish troops and trying to break through the makeshift barriers. The cabinet has sent more than 10,000 soldiers and police to patrol the 416km (258 mile) border with Belarus and banned independent media access to the region, triggering criticism from the EU and human-rights groups.