Lebanon: more restrictions on Syrian refugees

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Syrian displaced families share living in a collective shelter in the city of Arsal in the north east of the Bekaa valley 100km away from Beirut, Lebanon. File photo

ARA News

Beirut, Lebanon On Wednesday, Lebanese authorities closed their borders with Syria, preventing dozens of families from entering Lebanon after escaping mounting violence in their areas.

Hundreds of Syrians gathered in front of the al-Masnaa border crossing and demanded that the Lebanese border guards reopen the crossing and allow them to enter.

Meanwhile, activists told ARA News that several Syrians who took a flight from Istanbul were not allowed to enter Beirut airport and were returned to Turkey.

Although the Lebanese government didn’t issue any statements in this regard, the authorities seem to have taken the decision of increasing restrictions on Syrians who intend to enter Lebanon.

Several Syrian refugees in Lebanon told ARA News that their families are stuck at the borders, “neither able to return to their war-torn areas, nor allowed to enter Lebanon for shelter”.

Noteworthy, Lebanon hosts the majority of Syrian refugees with approximately 1.1 million refugees.

 

Reporting by: Hussam al-Zeer

Source: ARA News

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