Migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere gather at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. (Photo: Picture-alliance via AP)
The General Union of Palestinian Communities in Europe has established an ad hoc committee tasked with following up on the situation of Palestinians stranded on the borders between Belarus and Poland.
The move saw the day in coordination with the Palestinian community in Belarus and Poland.
The General Union called on the governments of Poland and Belarus to take urgent action regarding the crisis on the border and to provide shelter to the migrants who have been left in freezing temperatures.
Hundreds of people from places like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Africa have been trying to cross the border illegally every day.
Poland has declared a state of emergency in the region and plans to build a wall on the border.
The Polish parliament has also passed legislation that human rights advocates say aims to legalise pushbacks of migrants across its borders in breach of the country’s commitments under international law.
The Palestinian embassy in Belarus reported that a Palestinian woman from Aleppo died and it is working to arrange the return of her body to her family. It did not give details about the family's current location.
On 17 November, it was reported that a 44-year-old Palestinian refugee was arrested in the train station while on her way to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, along with a group of refugees. She was later found dead in mysterious circumstances. No further details were made available. According to reports, the victim is from the Neirab refugee camp in Aleppo, northern Syria.