File - HRW’s Lama Fakih and Houry at the news conference.
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Three Palestinians who were deported last weekend from Lebanon back to Syria, where they had been living, are still waiting in a no-man's land between the two countries' borders, according to Human Rights Watch, amid claims that a discriminatory entry policy against Palestinian refugees is in place.Some 49 Syrians and Palestinians previously living in Syria were arrested at Beirut airport last Saturday, suspected of possessing forged documents.Fakih said it was the first deportation of refugees HRW had recorded since August 2012 .The incident comes amid reports – not the first of their kind – that the Lebanese authorities have been preventing Palestinians from entering the country from Syria.However, HRW and the U.N.'s Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) said Palestinians were being denied entry.The allegedly discriminatory policy appears to date back to Aug. 6, 2013, when HRW criticized ambiguous new border regulations, saying they adversely affected Palestinians in Syria after about 200 were left stranded between the Syrian-Lebanese borders and forced to turn back.
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