| 2 October 2023, Monday |

Army arrests dozens of Syrians for illegally entering Lebanon

Security forces in Lebanon have continued their crackdown on people who have illegally entered the country.

The army raided several camps in the eastern Bekaa region, arresting dozens of Syrians.

The Army Command said on Saturday that a military unit, backed by the intelligence bureau, carried out various raids against Syrian refugee camps in the Bekaa, detaining 43 Syrians for illegally entering Lebanon and failing to produce valid documents.

Investigations are underway with the detainees, it added.

Lebanon has been stepping up its crackdown against illegal activity by refugees in the country.

Earlier this week, a commercial store, run by Syrian refugees, was shut down in the Baalbek-Hermel region because the Syrian owners were operating it without a permit.

Another Syrian, identified as M.A., was arrested for the possession of counterfeit identity documents.

Meanwhile, former President Michel Suleiman demanded the formation of an international coalition that would pressure the international community to resolve the refugee crisis in Lebanon.

In a statement, he noted that Cyprus has approached the European Union and United Nations over the refugee problem and their burden on Lebanon.

Coordination is necessary with nearby countries that have been affected by the refugee waves in order to form a coalition that would pressure the international community, he went on to say.

Lebanon’s caretaker government adopted several measures last week to tackle the crisis. It decided to form a ministerial delegation, headed by Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib, that would visit Syria to discuss the refugee issue.

Among the measures adopted was intensifying land and marine border security, carrying out a complete tally of refugees and removing all of their violations against state infrastructure.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat