Syrian refugees children play outside their tent at a Syrian refugee camp in the eastern town of Marj in Bekaa valley, Lebanon, Sunday, June 29, 2014.(AP/Bilal Hussein)
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The family of three Lebanese smugglers has distanced itself from the kidnapping and ransoming of Syrian refugees carried out by its kin, calling on the Lebanese authorities to arrest and punish them.The Ghazi family, from the village of Rama in Wadi Khaled, north Lebanon, issued a statement Wednesday rejecting the criminal acts of three members of the family -- who have been kidnapping Syrian refugees and ransoming them to the Syrian army as a means to compensate "poor business" across the border with Syria, whose three-year conflict has dented their smuggling activities. Security sources said four Syrian refugees were kidnapped over the weekend by a three-man gang and turned over to the Syrian army across the border.
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