Migrants in Belarus left in the cold

Authorities in Belarus cleared migrants on Thursday away from their border with Poland. Thousands of people had gathered in makeshift camps, desperate to improve their fortunes in the West.

The migrants came from the Middle East. They had tried to cross the border. But Polish security forces stopped them. The migrants hurled stones and debris. The soldiers pushed them back with water cannon.

European Union leaders imposed sanctions on Belarus last year after what they said was a fraudulent election. They have accused the winner, President Alexander Lukashenko, of manufacturing the border crisis. They say he lured people to the region to flood the EU with migrants.

Foreign ministers from the Group of 7 nations released a statement, saying Lukashenko's regime has orchestrated "irregular migration." They said the actions are an attempt to deflect attention from a disregard for international law, fundamental freedoms and human rights.