Syria: HRW blasts Lebanon for rejecting Palestinian refugees

UNWRA also concerned, calls on world to take Syrian refugees in

06 May, 17:24

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, MAY 6 - Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday criticized Lebanon for sending some 40 Palestinian war refugees back to Syria and for ''putting many others in grave danger'' by denying them entry.

    ''The Lebanese government bears an unprecedented burden in terms of Syrian refugees coming across its border, but denying entry to Palestinians coming from Syria is not the right way to deal with the situation'', HRW Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Joe Stork said in a statement.

    The United Nations agency in charge of Palestinian refugees (UNWRA) also issued a statement expressing ''concern over restrictions on entry into Lebanon by Palestinian refugees. Beirut authorities have said these restrictions are just temporary, according to UNWRA.

    Lebanon, population four million, hosts 12 Palestinian refugee camps sheltering some 400,000 people, in addition to more than one million Syrian refugees that have been driven out of their homes by civil war over the past three years.

    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres on Sunday called on countries around the world to open their borders to Syrian war refugees in an effort to alleviate the burden on Syria's neighbors, which already harbor three million of its citizens. (ANSAmed).

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