Syrian refugees from Raqqa rest near their tents in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon October 19, 2015. REUTERS/Alia Haju
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A few minutes earlier, the noises rising up from the streets in the southern Beirut neighborhood of Sin al-Fil had drawn her attention. A man, his face concealed, was shouting directions to Lebanese Army officials, pointing his finger toward the apartments inhabited by Syrian nationals who lacked legal residency permits. Calls for the return of refugees have been voiced by a number of Lebanese politicians in recent months, amid claims that Lebanon can no longer handle the presence of Syrian nationals on its soil.Lebanese authorities and ministers have maintained that security operations targeting refugees have no goal other than guaranteeing Lebanon's security. However, some Syrian nationals claimed to be feeling increasingly caught between a rock and a hard place. While current regulations allow Syrians to be sponsored by any Lebanese national, the General Security's office refused the application filed by Ghadir's husband, claiming he could only be sponsored by an employer.Lebanese authorities, however, rejected all claims.
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