BEIRUT: Lebanon will impose strict border security measures in response to the growing influx of Syrian refugees to the country, outgoing Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said in remarks published Thursday.
“The details of the measures and how they will be implemented will be discussed in the meeting of the Higher Defense Council next week,” Charbel told pan Arab Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper.
Charbel also said that General Security would implement tighter measures at the border and inspect the legal documents of Syrians coming into the country.
“Syrians who want to cross the border into Lebanon should organize their official paperwork to receive their residency permit that allows them to stay for a renewable period of up to six months,” he said.
The minister also said that security forces would deal with “illegal Syrian refugees in Lebanon in what is convenient with the situation of these families.”
The Higher Defense Council is set to meet next week at Baabda Palace over the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon and a recent decision by the European Union to designate Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization, media reports said.
Lebanon is facing major difficulties dealing with the increasingly high number of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria. According to the latest figures from the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, Lebanon is now hosting over 600,000 Syrian refugees.