Thousands of migrants arrive at Polish border as soldiers sent in

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A huge caravan of people desperate to reach Europe is massed on the Polish border.

Thousands are passing through Belarus, which has been accused of allowing the migrants to reach the border in retaliation for economic sanctions.

Poland has mobilised its territorial defence force to help border control prevent the group entering the EU as fears of a violent clash rise.

With troops on both sides of the border and thousands desperate to cross, the humanitarian situation risks spiralling out of control.

Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk told Polish public radio: ‘Belarus wants to cause a major incident, preferably with shots fired and casualties: according to media reports, they are preparing a major provocation near Kuznica Bialostocka, that there will be an attempt at a mass border crossing.’

Video posted on social showed a huge number of people walking down the motorway to the border.

One Polish minister estimated the crowd numbered 12,000 people, but this could not be verified.

It’s unclear to what extent the migrants are being assisted or tolerated by the Belarusian authorities but they appear to have met little resistance on their way to the border with Europe.

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