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More Ain al-Hilweh youths join ISIS: report

File - The entrance of Ain al-Hilweh in Beirut, Monday, June 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: A dozen youths allegedly abandoned their residence near the southern city of Sidon to join the ranks of ISIS, a media report said Friday.

Al-Akhbar newspaper said that ISIS is reorganizing its security cells by recruiting men from Lebanon to revive its ranks.

The report said 14 young men departed from Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh and travelled through Beirut's Rafik Hariri International airport to Turkey en route to ISIS-held Raqqa in northern Syrian.

Raqqa is the de facto capital of the so-called ISIS caliphate.

The same newspaper reported in February that fifteen people had left the same camp to join ISIS in Syria.

In recent years, reports on Lebanese joining extremist groups have been on the rise. Hundreds are believed to have left Lebanon to fight under the banner of ISIS, particularly from poverty-stricken areas of north Lebanon.

The families are usually notified about the fate of their sons after receiving phone calls informing them of their deaths.

 

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