Belarus: Iraq flies home 370 migrants stranded on the border with Lithuania

the Iraq It brought back 370 of its citizens who were stranded at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border while trying to enter the European Union.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Al-Sahaf said on Wednesday in BaghdadA private plane flew 240 Iraqis from Minsk to Baghdad on Tuesday. The day before, 130 Iraqi citizens had returned to their homeland. More must follow.

In the past few months, more immigrants have been stalking Belarus By air from there in European Union Obtain. The European Union accuses the authorities in Minsk of throwing refugees at the border Lithuania And Latvia and encouraging illegal entry into the European Union.

According to the European Union, the Belarusian ruler is used as a tool Alexander Lukashenko In order to avenge the Western sanctions against his country.

According to EU data, more than 4,000 migrants have been registered since the beginning of the year who entered “irregularly” across the border from Belarus into Lithuania. Approximately 2,800 people came from Iraq. In the whole of 2020, only 81 migrants who entered illegally at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border were registered.

In light of the local situation, a few days ago, Lithuania began deporting refugees or returning them to the border. For its part, the government in Baghdad stopped all flights to Belarus. Since then, the number of cases of illegal entry into Lithuania has decreased sharply.

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