File - Lebanese soldiers patrol the area during clashes in al-Tariq al-Jadideh, Sunday, March 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon praised the Lebanese Armed Forces for its efforts in maintaining calm both within the country and along the Lebanon-Israeli border, in an advance copy of a report seen exclusively by The Daily Star.In the report on the implementation of U.N. Resolution 1701, which is due to be discussed early this month, Ban also expressed his concern over the situation in the Palestinian Ain al-Hilweh camp, the presidential vacuum and the government's decision to curb the number of Syrian refugees entering the country. Over the past four months, the Israeli Army has violated the Blue Line that demarcates the border between Israel and Lebanon three times, according to Ban.Echoing a chorus of growing concern, Ban underlined the untenable strain on resources and infrastructures in the 1,700 Lebanese communities that are officially hosting at least 1.1 million Syrian refugees.Ban also expressed misgivings about the Lebanese government's recently announced policies to limit the number of Syrian refugees entering the country.
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