Palestinian school children walk in front of the UNRWA offices at the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh near Sidon, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The Hamas Movement Sunday criticized what it said was the detention of eight Palestinians from Syria at a Lebanese Army checkpoint in the north, asking the government to ease restrictions on refugees coming from the war-torn country.The number of refugees fleeing into Lebanon from Syria has skyrocketed in the past year with more than 1 million registered Syrians.To enter Lebanon, Palestinian refugees from Syria must now possess either an entry permit approved by the General Directorate of General Security, a residency permit of one to three years or an exit and return permit.The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees said Thursday that no Palestinian refugees from Syria had been allowed to cross into Lebanon that day.
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