Poland’s parliament voted on Friday to build a wall on the border with Belarus to block the influx of migrants entering Poland illegally. Thousands of people – mostly from the Middle East and Asia – have been trying to cross the Polish border in recent months.
The European Union (EU) has accused the Belarussian government of plotting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. The 5.5-meter wall will cost 353m euros. The legislation will now pass to Polish President Andrzej Duda, who is expected to sign it.
The wall – equipped with sensors and monitoring systems – will cover about half of Poland’s border with Belarus, which is 400 kilometers long. The government plans to build it by next summer. Poland says about 500 people a day are trying to cross into Belarus illegally.
The EU says Belarus facilitates the passage of migrants to neighboring EU countries in response to sanctions. The European bloc has sanctioned the Belarusian regime for suppressing the opposition.
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