This picture released by the Lebanese Civil Defense, shows the bodies of Syrian nationals who were attempting to cross informally into Lebanon overnight in the Masnaa area, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Three-year-old Sarah's face was covered with black, necrotic skin from the frostbite.Sarah was one of the survivors from a group of between 30 and 35 Syrian refugees who attempted to make the crossing through the rugged mountains into Lebanon in a snowstorm last Thursday.The freezing, arduous conditions killed 16 men, woman and children from the group, including six members of Sarah's family. The group had tried to take the roughly 6-kilometer-long mountain pass used by smugglers near the Syrian town Jdeidet Yabous and the Lebanese town of Suweiri. Yesar Smeili, an official with the municipality of Suweiri, showed The Daily Star the barren, rugged route, taken by the refugees roughly 1,400 meters above sea level.Abed said the family had paid Lebanese and Syrian smugglers $200 per head to cross the border, having fled their home in Albukamal near eastern Syria's Deir al-Zor.According to an Army source, despite the Lebanese government closing the borders to more refugees in 2015, regular border crossings are still accessible to refugees.Abed said that his family members didn't try entering Lebanon through the official route.
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