Coronavirus: 1,000 Syrians blocked at Lebanese border

Intercepted by soldiers while trying to return to Syria

18 June, 18:24

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, JUNE 18 - A thousand Syrian refugees in Lebanon who were trying to illegally return to neighbouring Syria were stopped on Thursday at the border between the two countries as part of anti-coronavirus measures, said Lebanese media. They said workers with the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR went to the Lebanese border crossing at Masnaa to administer first aid to the Syrian civilians, the majority of whom are women and children. According to initial information, the large group of Syrian refugees had entered Lebanon years ago after fleeing their warring country and were now trying to return to Syria through illegal borders between the two countries. The Lebanese Army intercepted the group and took the refugees to the Masnaa border crossing. The border between the two countries has been closed for the past three months due to restrictive anti-Covid-19 measures. In recent days, however, Lebanese authorities temporarily reopened the border to allow Lebanese citizens who had been blocked for weeks in the neighbouring country to return home.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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