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LEBANON’S ARMY INTELLIGENCE ARRESTS SYRIAN NATIONALS FOR ILLEGAL ENTRY

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Lebanon's army intelligence, arrested on Monday, five Syrian nationals in Ain Qenya, Nabatieh, for illegally entering Lebanon from Syria, online independent newspaper, Elnashra, reported.

The arrested Syrian nationals were referred to the police for investigations and other necessary legal procedures.

This is not the first time that Syrian nationals tried to enter Lebanon secretly.

On Sept 15, the Internal Security Forces arrested 96 Syrian nationals, in the Bekaa valley, for allegedly entering Lebanon illegally, and three alleged human smugglers.

There are many reasons that could drive Syrians to Lebanon, from visiting or seeking education, to attending an interview, at an embassy of a European state.

In 2015, however, the Lebanese government has barred the UN refugee agency, from registering Syrian refugees, or placed additional restrictions on their entry into the country, without guarantors, work visas, or visas for transit.

These measures led to a rise in the number of Syrian refugees attempting to enter Lebanon illegally.

As a result, security forces have been trying to crack down on smuggling, in areas close to the border with Syria.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK