File - Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Thursday issued new, stricter requirements for Palestinians from Syria entering Lebanon, prompting a human rights group to urge the government to continue allowing in all refugees and avoid further deportations.The new rules state that in order to enter Lebanon, Palestinianrefugees from Syria must now possess one of three Lebanese documents: an entry permit approved by the General Directorate of General Security, a residency of one to three years or an exit and return permit.Fakih urged authorities to instruct border officials "to presume that Palestinians from Syria seeking entry at the land border have a humanitarian need to enter Lebanon and allow them to do so unless there are reasons to doubt the person's identity or to believe the person represents a security threat to Lebanon".She said Lebanon needed to agree to not to deport more refugees.
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