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The actual number of Assyrian Christian refugees coming to Lebanon from embattled areas in northeast Syria was unclear Tuesday, as sources within the community claimed some families were stranded on the border despite an Interior Ministry decision to facilitate their entry.The National News Agency reported that 17 Assyrian Christians crossed at Lebanon's Masnaa, but whether those permitted entry were asylum seekers from Hassakeh province, northeast Syria, or coming to Lebanon for short-stay purposes was unclear Tuesday.A priest engaged in humanitarian relief efforts with the community put the number of Assyrian refugees permitted to enter Lebanon in recent days at just two families. Last week the Interior Ministry announced it would instruct General Security to facilitate the entry of Assyrians fleeing an ISIS onslaught in Hassakeh, after an activist group reported that at least 220 Assyrian Christians were abducted from their homes along the Khabur River by the militant group. Lebanese officials have generally welcomed calls to allow Assyrian Christians to enter Lebanon from Syria, despite a months-old ban on accepting new refugees.
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