Hundreds Stranded After Lebanon Bars Palestinian Refugees Fleeing Syrian War

The Lebanese government should urgently rescind its decision to bar Palestinians from Syria entering its territory, Human Rights Watch has said.
The request came as hundreds of Palestinian asylum seekers were refused entry into Lebanon, leaving them stranded at the border without shelter or bathroom facilities. At least 200 Palestinians, including “entire families, children, the elderly and the sick” were barred.
“How can Lebanon turn its back on desperate people who have lost their homes, relatives, and livelihoods and are running for their lives from a war zone,” said Joe Stork, HRW’s deputy Middle East director. “Lebanon shouldn’t push them back to a place where their safety and very lives could be in danger.”
Before the conflict started, Syria was home to half a million Palestinian refugees, many of whom have now been displaced by the war, rights activists said.


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