Plane with migrants departed from Minsk to Iraq

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    Refugees at Minsk International Airport awaiting export flights of Iraqi Airways - 1920, 12/04/2021

    MINSK, 4 Dec – The plane of the Iraqi airline Iraqi Airways, which will deliver almost 420 Iraqi migrants from Belarus to their homeland, which had previously unsuccessfully tried to get to the EU, flew from the Belarusian airport to Erbil, according to the online scoreboard of departures and arrivals to website National airport “Minsk”.
    According to the online scoreboard, an Iraqi airline’s Boeing 747 flew from Minsk airport to Erbil.
    “As of today, the Iraqi Airways Minsk-Erbil export flight has registered 419 passengers: 415 adults and 4 children under 2 years of age,” the press service of the airport reported.
    In November, a group of migrants, mostly Kurds, was formed near the border of Belarus and Poland, which numbered over 2 thousand people. The migrants tried to break through the border with Poland at the “Bruzgi” checkpoint in the Grodno region (on the Polish side – “Kuznitsa”), but the attempt was stopped by the Polish security forces with the help of special equipment. The Belarusian authorities have prepared a transport and logistics center located near the border checkpoint to accommodate migrants.
    Earlier, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that in the republic, in addition to the two thousandth refugee camp in the trade and logistics center near the border with Poland, there may be another 2-3 thousand migrants from the Middle East. At the same time, earlier, about a thousand migrants, according to him, voluntarily returned to their homeland. Migrants return both by evacuation flights and individually. At the same time, the refugees in the trade and logistics center, according to the Belarusian authorities, generally do not yet express a desire to return to their homeland, waiting for a humanitarian corridor to the EU countries.
    Lithuania, Latvia and Poland recently reported an increase in the number of detained illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa on the border with Belarus, Minsk was accused of creating a migration crisis. Minsk stated that they were not the organizers of the migration crisis. Lukashenko also noted that Minsk will no longer restrain the flow of illegal migrants to the EU countries: because of the West’s sanctions, there is “neither money nor energy for this. The border guards of Belarus have repeatedly stated about the forcible expulsion of migrants by Lithuania, Poland and Latvia to the Belarusian territory.

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