File - Tents set-up for Syrian refugees are seen in al-Marj, in the Bekaa Valley, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Around 17,000 refugees in the eastern Bekaa Valley have been ordered by the Lebanese Army to vacate their informal camps, according to UNHCR, reportedly in an attempt to prevent infiltrations by militants in the vulnerable border region.Speaking to The Daily Star, a senior Army source confirmed that the military had asked refugees in camps along the border with Syria to relocate."The aim of this move is to prevent terrorists from crossing into Lebanon and hiding in these camps," the source said. He said he did not have an exact figure regarding the number of refugees that had been asked to leave.
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