A 14-year-old Kurdish boy has reportedly died on the border between Poland and Belarus as temperatures plummeted to freezing point.
Fellow migrants reported the teenager ‘died from cold’ while footage appeared to show Belarus security operatives carrying his body away.
"He died of a cold," said an Iraqi, who was in contact with Polish investigative media oko.press.
Another migrant confirmed "the child is dead – yes."
The Belarussian authorities however denied the reports amid increased tensions with the west.
A statement from the Belarus Border Committee said, "Doctors of the border service helped the child, who showed signs of hypothermia.
"The widespread information about a case of death among refugees does not correspond to reality.
"Medical assistance was provided to two women directly in the refugee camp due to hypothermia and head injury.’
International medical groups have struggled to get to the area around the camp after it was placed on lockdown by the two country’s militaries, making it impossible to independently verify the claims.
Thousands of migrants have flocked to Belarus’ border with Poland in recent weeks, hoping to get to Western Europe. But many of them have ended up stranded at the frontier.
They have set up makeshift camps as Polish security forces watch on from behind a razor-wire fence to prevent them from entering the country.