File - Hanna Gharib, head of the UCC, speaks during a protest outside the Social Affairs Ministry in Beirut, Monday, May 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The government has shelved the idea of setting up trial refugee camps along the borders with Syria due to security concerns, according to the Social Affairs Ministry, echoing concerns that rights activists harbor toward the plan.There are currently 1.2 million Syrian refugee registered with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, with more still trickling in across the borders on a weekly basis.The move to establish trial camps was considered a political breakthrough, but NGOs and refugees were alarmed at the prospect of situating the camps beyond demarcated Lebanese territory, where they would be exposed to attack from the Syrian regime and militarization by rebels. "The no-camp policy is still in place," Helou said, referring to the option of establishing camps within Lebanon proper. He cited security concerns and the government's policy of eschewing any form of permanent refugee settlement.
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