Migrants board a boat at the port in Tripoli. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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The Internal Security Forces and General Security have recorded four cases in the past two months alone of boats ferrying asylum-seekers from Tripoli's fishermen's port.Nine Palestinian refugees died Wednesday after a boat carrying 20 people capsized on its way to Turkey. The vessel was transporting refugees who had fled Syria's Yarmouk camp and settled in Lebanon's northern refugee camps. Some refugees told The Daily Star that General Security personnel had informed them they were required to pay $200 every three months, shorter than the yearlong legal stay allotted to Syrians for the same price.UNRWA, mandated to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees, has been coping with a $100 million deficit.Umm Qusay, from Beddawi camp in north Lebanon, is still waiting to hear from her 18-year-old son, who flew to Libya last year and paid a smuggler $1,000 to take him to Europe. His boat carrying 630 people capsized right as the Italian coast guard was steering toward it. In Tripoli, port authorities recalled the case of 107 Palestinians from Syria whom they spotted patiently waiting by the shores of the marina early in the morning on Sept. 24, 2014 .
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