Some 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon carry written passports issued by the General Security. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are concerned they could be denied entry into other countries, after a decision by the International Civil Aviation Organization to discredit all non-machine-readable passports went into effect Tuesday.Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, numbering some 400,000, carry handwritten passports issued by General Security, unlike Lebanese who carry machine-readable documents.The Palestinian passport is usually granted for a period of three years or less.The statement included a previously issued document stating that the Lebanese government would continue to recognize the current Lebanese passport, the hand-written Palestinian passport, and temporary permits for enrolled and prospective students. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim discussed the matter last week with Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Dabbour, at which he promised to renew Palestinian passports and to make them biometric just like Lebanese ones.
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