Fighting raged for a third day on Saturday between ISIL (ISIS) and Kurdish forces in Syria after attackers stormed a prison housing members of the armed group in violence that has killed more than 70 people so far.
The so-called Islamic State has launched the largest-scale attack in Syria since it was defeated there in 2019. Their target was a prison holding jihadists in the northeast. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces say they repelled the attackers and recaptured all or most of the inmates who’d escaped in the chaos.
The United States, Canada, and European allies expanded sanctions on Belarus placing restrictions on government officials and entities for human rights abuses and official support for “migrant smuggling.”
Lukashenko says he won’t force migrants to return home Two flights with returning migrants arrive in Iraq Two more flights planned on Nov. 26-27 Poland reports detention centre unrest Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko told migrants stranded at the border with Poland on Friday that his country would help them to return home if they wantedContinue reading “‘Go through. Go,’ Lukashenko tells migrants at Polish border”
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned on Sunday that the migrant crisis on the Belarus border may be a prelude to “something much worse”, and Poland’s border guard said Belarusian forces were still ferrying migrants to the frontier. The European Union accuses Belarus of flying in thousands of people from the Middle East and pushingContinue reading “Poland says Belarus border crisis may be prelude to “something worse””
The humanitarian crisis on Europe’s eastern flank shows no signs of easing. Poland is pushing back multiple groups of migrants trying to get over the border from Belarus. Those who make it across – mostly young families from Iraq – are left to face harsh winter conditions out in the open. Now local Polish residentsContinue reading “Polish volunteers help migrants in border crisis – DW News”
Polish border guards have used tear gas and water cannon on refugees and migrants attempting to cross the Belarusian border. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he wants to avoid the “confrontation” over the crisis. Russia has called Poland’s use of tear gas and water cannon on the migrants “unacceptable”, as Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports.
Russia has sent paratroopers to Belarus in a show of support for its ally amid the tensions over an influx of migrants on the Belarusian border with Poland Russia sent paratroopers to Belarus Friday in a show of support for its ally amid the tensions over an influx of migrants on the Belarusian border withContinue reading “Russia sends paratroopers to Belarus for drills near Poland”
The European Union says it’s planning new sanctions against Belarus in RESPONSE to what it describes as state terrorism and human trafficking. EU officials accuse Belarus of flying migrants in from the Middle East, and then sending them to the border to cross into EU territory. Thousands of people are stranded in freezing conditions betweenContinue reading “Poland declares ‘exclusion zone’ at the Belarus border – DW News”
Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė had a phone call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday evening to discuss the situation at the EU’s border with Belarus. According to the government’s press release, Šimonytė told von der Leyen that the Belarusian authorities have “cleansed” of irregular migrants and directed them towards Poland.Continue reading “Minsk committing ‘crimes against humanity’, says Lithuanian PM”