Syrian refugee children play soccer at a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Bar Elias, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Lebanon's failure to close its border at the beginning of the Syrian crisis was a "mistake that elevated to the level of a crime," Change and Reform bloc MP Ibrahim Kanaan said Saturday.Since the Syrian war broke out in 2011, neighboring countries, including Lebanon, have seen a huge influx of refugees. The UNHCR says that there are around 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon. A recent report by U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon drew the ire of Lebanese officials last month, who interpreted it as a call for Lebanon to naturalize Syrian refugees, something the U.N. has flatly rejected.
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