A member of the General Security speaks to passengers of a car crossing from Syria to Lebanon through the Masnaa border crossing. (The Daily Star/ Mahmoud Kheir)
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A high-ranking General Security official denied Wednesday that the institution was imposing discriminatory entry and residency policies for Palestinians, insisting that it was merely reactivating precrisis regulations in light of improving conditions in Syria.Prior to the crisis, Palestinians from Syria were given a pre-authorized visa for seven days, often to visit relatives residing in camps scattered across Lebanon, according to the source.After 2011, with the onset of the uprising in Syria, Palestinians from Syria were permitted to request a three-month residency permit with the ability to renew for up to a year for free.The measures permit entry for those who have preauthorization, hold a residency permit or are in transit, in which case the visa expires after 24 hours, according to the statement.The agency is in the midst of monitoring, and reported about 25 cases of Palestinians from Syria who attempted to enter Lebanon between Sunday and Thursday last week.As of now, General Security receives 300-350 entry visa requests from Palestinians in Syria, the source was not willing to disclose how many are accepted on average.
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