Abra residents protest outside the town's church on May 4, 2014. (The Daily Star, Mohammed Zaatari)
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Residents of the Sidon suburb of Abra protested Sunday against the presence of Syrian workers after police released a Syrian accused of attempting to kill a resident.The residents of the Christian-dominated town gathered outside the church at noon and called for keeping Syrian workers away from their town, an action that warns of possible similar future protests against Syrians in other Christian towns in east Sidon.Abra Mayor Walid Mshantaf explained that the town's residents wanted Syrian workers out of Abra itself and were not protesting against the presence of Syrian refugees on the outskirts of the town.Abra's former Mayor Elias Mshantaf said the number of Syrian workers in Abra had grown from 20 to nearly 100 since the Syrian crisis began three years ago.
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