BEIRUT

Lebanon News

Bsharri seeks tighter controls on refugees

Syrian refugees, fleeing the recent fighting in Arsal, wait with their belongings in Majdel Anjar in the Bekaa valley, near the Lebanese border with Syria August 8, 2014. REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah

BEIRUT: Bsharri authorities are seeking tighter controls on Syrian refugees in the district northeast of Beirut Monday in an attempt to preempt any clashes after the showdown in Arsal between Syrian militants and the Army earlier this month.

The new recommendations were agreed at a meeting attended by the local governor that brought together area mayors and security officials.

Recommendations included increasing cooperation between the municipalities and the Internal Security Forces by exchanging information on any developments or incidents that might have an impact on security.

They also want to require Syrian refugees to keep their papers up to date and carry registration cards from UNHCR, along with implementing a curfew on the movement of refugees on motorcycles after 7 p.m. and shutting down all businesses operated or owned by Syrians.

Other recommendations called for cracking down on violations, especially the use of unlicensed motorcycles, increasing municipality control, monitoring the assistance offered by donors, and updating information on the number and whereabouts of refugees through regular reports to be submitted by the municipalities.

There are more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees estimated to be in Lebanon, with the highest concentrations in north Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley.

Villages and towns throughout the country have introduced regulations to keep control and track of the Syrian refugees they are hosting, a process that many stepped up following the clashes between the Army and Syrian militants who overran the northeastern border town of Arsal.

Some 19 soldiers, in addition to more than 15 civilians and 60 militants, were killed in the clashes.

 

Recommended

Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)

comments powered by Disqus
Summary

Bsharri authorities are seeking tighter controls on Syrian refugees in the district northeast of Beirut Monday in an attempt to preempt any clashes after the showdown in Arsal between Syrian militants and the Army earlier this month.

There are more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees estimated to be in Lebanon, with the highest concentrations in north Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley.

Villages and towns throughout the country have introduced regulations to keep control and track of the Syrian refugees they are hosting, a process that many stepped up following the clashes between the Army and Syrian militants who overran the northeastern border town of Arsal.


Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here