BEIRUT: Sidon Mufti Sheikh Salim Sousan called Friday on security and judicial authorities to open an investigation into reports alleging that Lebanon’s top Sunni religious authority was renting lands in the village of Jmailieh near Sidon to set up camps for Syrian refugees.
Sousan called for “opening an investigation into what was stated in a report by Al-Jadeed television station Thursday night concerning lands rented in the name of Dar al-Fatwa being used to set up Syrian refugee camps in the Jmailieh area.”
The mufti said the report and its contents were shocking, adding that the person shown relaying the information to Al-Jadeed did not have the legal capacity to speak for Dar al-Fatwa, especially concerning an issue as “sensitive” as Syrian refugees.
He added that he was shocked that the report spoke of a deal between Dar al-Fatwa, the Social Affairs Ministry and the United Nations. The U.N. has registered 1 million refugees in Lebanon since the conflict began three years ago.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 19, 2014, on page 2.