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Arsal refugees refused entry into Syria

Civilians leave the northeastern town of Arsal in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley on August 7, 2014 after a truce was announced to end fighting between jihadists and Lebanese army on the Syrian border. AFP PHOTO

BEIRUT: Trucks carrying Syrian refugees from the border town of Arsal to Syria were refused entry back into their country late Thursday, leaving them stuck inside Lebanon.

The National News Agency reported that the refugees were likely barred from entering Syria because they didn't carry proper papers.

They were being transported from Arsal via Ras al-Tiniyeh, Ras Baalbek and Jdeydeh toward the official Masnaa border crossing.

General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said earlier Thursday that any Syrian who had legally entered the country could now go back to Syria through the crossing.

He noted, however, that Syrians who had entered the country illegally would have “to settle their situation before they would be allowed to leave.”

At least 1,500 Syrian refugee families were transported back into Syria Thursday with the help of Syrian and Lebanese authorities.

The families had been living in and around Arsal to escape fighting in their home country.

 

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