Lebanon News

Authorities raid Syrian refugee gatherings

File - A municipal policeman gestures as he directs traffic in Dikwaneh, Friday, May 3, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Security forces and Municipality Police launched raids on Syrian refugee gatherings in the Beirut suburb of Dikwaneh, making several arrests, a security source told The Daily Star.

The source declined to specify the number of detainees, but said those apprehended possessed photos of Syrian battlefields stored in their mobile phones.

The raided buildings are located in Ras Dikwaneh and housed hundreds of Syrian families. The raids come after last week’s clashes in Arsal, which pitted the Lebanese Army against militants from Syria, some of whom resided in informal refugee camps in the border region.

The fighting raised concerns about refugee gatherings, particularly in the Metn region and Beirut’s northern suburbs, where there are large concentrations of Syrian refugees, the source said.

The Lebanese Army also raided informal refugee camps in the eastern border towns of Hermel and Al-Qaa, the National News Agency reported.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 12, 2014, on page 4.




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