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Poland has begun construction of a $394 million wall on its eastern border with Belarus, AP reports.

Pressure from thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa on the border of Poland and Lithuania with Belarus began in the summer, which led to clashes with Polish border guards. Poland closed the border with Belarus with barbed wire and increased the number of border guards.

The Polish metal wall, 5.5 meters high, stretches over 180 kilometers along the land border with Belarus, also includes the Bug River. It is due to be completed in June and will cost around 1.6 billion zlotys ($394 million).

Critics and environmentalists say it won't stop the migrants, but it will harm one of Europe's last untouched forests, Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

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