The Lebanese paradox - Middle East Israel News

July 8, 2014 7:01 AM

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The Lebanese customs officials and policemen in charge of the official border crossing between Syria and Lebanon were recently issued a sweeping directive: to prevent entry of any additional Palestinian refugees into the country. Nor is Lebanon willing to absorb more Syrian citizens who are seeking asylum there, with the exception of special cases such as those who are victims of forced expulsion.

It seems that after absorbing some 1,100,000 refugees – constituting between a quarter and a third of its population – Lebanon has reached the limit. The newcomers are crowding into refugee camps, school buildings, cellars and uncompleted buildings all over the country. Not only does the tremendous ...

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