11 injured Syrians barred from entering Lebanon

The Lebanese army on Friday barred 11 injured Syrians seeking medical treatment from entering Lebanon through the latter's southeastern border

11 injured Syrians barred from entering Lebanon

World Bulletin / News Desk

"Eleven wounded Syrians were transferred from the [Syrian] border town of Beit Jinn hoping to cross into Lebanon through Mount Hermon for treatment," Lebanon's official news agency reported.

"They were barred from entry into Lebanon by the Lebanese army and forced to return to Syria from the eastern side of Mount Hermon," the news agency added.

Roughly 1.5 million Syrian refugees are believed to currently reside in Lebanon, some 1.1 million of whom are registered with UN refugee agency UNHCR, while the remaining 400,000 are unregistered.

The Lebanese government, meanwhile, has decided not to take in any more Syrian refugees, except for exceptional cases.

According to a high-ranking Lebanese security source at the Masnaa border crossing, there are specific instances in which Syrians are allowed into Lebanon without question or procedure: those whose mothers or wives are Lebanese nationals; those who have booked flights and plan to travel through Beirut's Rafiq Hariri Airport; and students registered at Lebanese universities who have residences in Lebanon.

Last Mod: 07 Kasım 2014, 17:48
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