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EU Eyes More Belarus Sanctions as Migrant Crisis Escalates

  • Poland says up to 4,000 migrants are gathered near border
  • Polish forces used tear gas to keep migrants from entering EU
Polish police and military police face migrants at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno on Nov. 8.
Polish police and military police face migrants at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno on Nov. 8.Photographer: Leonid Shceglov/AFP/Getty Images
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The European Union is planning to boost sanctions against Belarus over actions that are creating a growing migrant and humanitarian crisis on the bloc’s eastern frontier.

The move comes after Polish troops used tear gas to prevent migrants ushered to the border by Belarus from storming a barbed-wire fence along the two countries’ border on the EU’s eastern edge. The standoff risks turning increasingly deadly as thousands of people from the Middle East are stuck in the forests along the EU border with temperatures dropping below zero.