Thousands of migrants and refugees are stranded along the Belarus border with Poland amid a raging geopolitical row.
A simmering months-long border crisis along the European Union’s frontiers with Belarus has this week morphed into a serious geopolitical dispute and stoked fears of a humanitarian disaster.
Since Monday, more refugees and migrants have been joining the stranded crowds near the Belarus-Poland border, hoping to cross into the bloc.
It is estimated that thousands are now gathered near the line that divides the two countries.
Those trying to leave Belarus have been denied entry to Poland, with a forbidding barbed wire fence and masses of security forces deployed by Warsaw barring their way.
They are stuck in freezing temperatures, without access to vital supplies or medical care, as fears for their safety mount.