#Caring: Lebanon slams the door on fleeing Syrians
Lebanon has slammed the door shut
on Syrians fleeing from civil war in their own country.
Lebanon has all but closed its borders to refugees fleeing Syria’s civil
war, overwhelmed by an influx of more than 1 million people displaced
by fighting, U.N. and Lebanese officials said Saturday.
by Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar newspaper, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas
said Lebanon “no longer officially receives any displaced Syrians.”
He said exceptions were available for refugees for “humanitarian
reasons” to be judged by Lebanon’s social affairs and interior
“We informed [the U.N. refugee agency] UNHCR that we are no longer able to receive displaced people,” he added.
Ninette Kelley, UNHCR’s representative in Lebanon, confirmed increased restrictions at the border with Syria.
“Our understanding is that people who are coming to claim refugee
status are not being permitted to enter in the way that they were
previously,” she told AFP.
“What we’ve seen over the last two
to three weeks is that there are greater restrictions ... We’ve seen
that there are fewer people approaching us for registration which is
also indicative of tightening of the border.”
Kelley said there were no precise figures on the number of refugees allowed to enter.
Labels: Lebanon, Syria, Syrian refugees