File - Lebanon’s General Security officers inspect IDs and documents of Syrians living in Lebanon who are waiting to cross the Masnaa border crossing.
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Entry requirements for Syrian refugees appear to have quietly been made stricter on Lebanon's official border crossings with Syria in the last two weeks, monitoring agencies told The Daily Star. While the Interior Ministry hasn't formally announced more restrictive measures, a government source well-acquainted with the issue confirmed to The Daily Star that entry requirements for Syrians had become stricter, but that a definitive policy was still being devised. According to the source, Syrians entering through official crossings, in particular Masnaa, which sees the highest volume of cross-border activity, must provide a reason for entry into Lebanon and be able to prove it.The source said that current cross-border flows totaled between 2,000 and 3,000 .The Social Affairs Ministry also announced that only Syrians from areas bordering Lebanon would be permitted to enter.
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