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The incident was reported by the volunteer medics themselves.
On Sunday (November 14), shortly before noon, they wrote on their Facebook page: "Tonight, unknown perpetrators damaged five passenger cars belonging to the on-duty members of our team and documentary filmmakers who accompany them. The vehicles had punctured tires, broken lights and windows, and body damage. The case is being investigated by the local police. Our ambulance is operational and on duty. We are ready to provide emergency aid to people who need us. We will replace the broken windows and mirrors; the damage is only material. The most important thing for us is being able to help and protect human health and life".
A few days ago, the "Medics on the Border" reported that while returning from an emergency rescue in the forest, they found armed men in uniforms near their ambulance in the village of Milejczyce. The vehicle had deflated tires. "Once they saw us closing in, the group of armed men and a woman started to move away. The license plate of their car began with the letters "UA", an identifier reserved for the Polish Army" – the medics recalled. They notified the police about the situation. The Ministry of Defense denied that soldiers had anything to do with the situation.
The Polish Center for International Aid is taking over emergency care provision
On Saturday (November 13), "Medics on the Border" announced that they are ending their mission on the Polish-Belarusian border on Monday (November 15). "Independent medical aid must not disappear from there. First of all, we are often the only hope for medical help for all the women, men, and children who need it" - they added.
The volunteer medics first arrived at the border zone over a month ago, on October 7, at 8:00 am. Starting November 16, the Medical Rescue Team of the Polish Center for International Aid (PCIA) will take over their tasks.
In their announcement, the "Medics on the Border" declared: "We are not disappearing from the border - half of us will still be on duty, as part of PCIA’s activities. We will not disappear from the public sphere either- we will talk about what we saw and what we experienced. As announced, we will present an overview of all the money we collected through the public fundraiser. We are still conducting our first aid training. We will provide advice and assistance to all activists who request it, and, most of all, to our successors. Our thoughts, hearts, and hardworking hands will remain at the border".
It is worth recalling that on Thursday (November 11), a married couple from Iraq and their friend from Syria were attacked and robbed near Hajnówka. One of the victims was beaten so badly that he had to be hospitalized. The perpetrators took all their money and stripped the woman of her clothes. This is the first documented case of such aggression against migrants in the border area.
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