Municipality policeman issues a warning of eviction to Syrian refugees in Burj Shemali in Tyre, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Over 3,000 refugees in Lebanon have been forcibly removed from their dwellings following systematic "mass evictions" conducted by 13 municipalities across the country, Human Rights Watch said in a report launched Friday.HRW found municipalities have systematically targeted Syrians with eviction notices that lack court orders and are therefore unlawful under Lebanese regulations.In Bsharri, a town where Maronite Christians found refuge from persecution in the seventh century A.D., HRW found evidence of "xenophobia-driven forced evictions".According to Keyrouz, the number of Syrians living in the area is now down to 1,000 .The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 13,700 Syrians were evicted in 2017 alone.In December 2017, 7,524 Syrian refugees were evicted by the Lebanese Army from an area near the Riyaq air base in the Bekaa Valley.
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