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5 Syrians Arrested for Illegally Entering Lebanon

The army announced on Sunday that it has arrested a number of Syrians for attempting to illegally enter Lebanon. It said that five Syrians were arrested at dawn in the Tallet al-Mrah-al-Masnaa region in the eastern Bekaa. They were handed over to the General Security. Two Syrian women were also discovered in the area. They were found to be in poor health due to the cold weather and have since been transferred by the Red Cross to the al-Mayas Chtaura hospital. One of the women later passed away. Source & Link: Naharnet

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Syrian refugee situation deteriorating: UNHCR chief

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi highlighted the deteriorating situation of the Syrian refugees after a tour of an informal tented settlement for Syrians Friday and promised to push for greater assistance at the upcoming donor conference in London. “As the years pass since the beginning of the crisis, refugees are becoming more and more vulnerable,” he said during a news conference in Beirut. “We have to speak from these camps to the politicians and tell them enough ... enough with these conflicts and enough with the war.” Grandi conducted a tour of the Saadnayel refugee settlement in…

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What refugees tell us about Arab states

How should we view and respond to the growing flood of refugees and migrants from the Middle East? Is this a temporary humanitarian challenge? An occasional security threat? A cultural and political concern for mostly white and Christian Europe? All of these are significant issues that need to be addressed, but perhaps the most important dimension of the growing refugees-migrants situation is what it tells us about the modern condition of the Arab world, and more specifically its critical vulnerabilities in the quality of statehood and the fragility of citizenship. The current large-scale flow of Arab refugees, migrants and displaced…

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Over 100 humanitarian, UN agencies call for Syria ceasefire, end of sieges

More than 100 humanitarian and U.N. agencies called Thursday for an end to the war in Syria, appealing to governments and people around the world to add their voices to the demand for an end to the 'carnage.' Oxfam, Save the Children, Caritas International, nearly 30 UNICEF branches and others called for an unconditional ceasefire to allow delivery of aid, freedom of movement for civilians, protection of hospitals, schools and water supplies, and the lifting of all sieges. The agencies invited people around the world to show support for the appeal by sharing it on social media. "More than ever…

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U.N. Gets $250 Million to Educate Syrian Children, Brown Hails Lebanon Success Story

Donors have pledged $250 million to educate over one million Syrian children this year but an additional $500 million is urgently needed to fund the program in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, the U.N. envoy for global education said Tuesday. Gordon Brown warned that "death voyages to Europe" will soar in 2016 as long as Syria's two million refugee children and millions more displaced inside the country are exploited and don't have the opportunity for education. The organization Girls Not Brides recently reported that the child marriage rate among Syrian refugee girls has doubled from 12 percent to 26 percent, he said, and…

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Lebanon Accused of Turning Back Syrian Refugees, General Security Denies

After taking in more than a million Syrian refugees, Lebanon has quietly changed course in recent months, forcing refugees to return to Syria — where they are at risk of persecution or death — or stay illegally, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, human rights groups say. The situation is drawing attention at a time when Turkey and Jordan have also tightened their admission policies. A Human Rights Watch report published Tuesday warned that Lebanon's new regulations have "set the stage for a potentially explosive situation." Even as conditions in Syria deteriorate in a fifth year of war, Lebanon…

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Meeting prepares for refugee aid conference

Prime Minister Tammam Salam chaired a meeting Monday for a ministerial committee following up on the Syrian refugee crisis weeks ahead of an aid conference scheduled to be held on Feb. 4. “We held the meeting in order to prepare for the conference and to a review the announcement that was made with respect to the conference,” Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas told The Daily Star. In addition to Derbas and Salam, the committee includes Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab and Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi. The task force reviewed an announcement authored by the heads of…

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Human Rights Watch Says Lebanon 'Forcibly Returned' Over 100 Syrians from Beirut Airport

Lebanese authorities “forcibly returned” more than 100 Syrians to Syria on two separate flights from Beirut airport on Friday afternoon and approximately 100-150 Syrians are waiting to be “forcibly returned” on a 9:30 pm flight later tonight, Human Rights Watch said in a statement. “General Security should immediately halt the planned forcible return of Syrians from the Beirut airport to Syria later this evening,” said Haley Bobseine, Lebanon Researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Authorities should ensure that competent authorities individually examine the claims of any Syrian who fears return to Syria and not return anyone at risk,” Bobseine added. According…

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Commission details abuse in Syrian refugee families

More than half of Syrian refugee women in Lebanon said that domestic and sexual abuse along with early marriage are their primary fears, according to a report released in a seminar Thursday. The National Commission for Lebanese Women hosted the event at its headquarters in Baabda to shed light on the hardships faced by Syrian refugee women, presenting a legal policy paper pertaining to Lebanon’s policies regarding refugees. The report presented by Faten Ghanem from the Social Affairs Ministry provides a harrowing, yet hopeful, account of the difficulties and abuse Syrian refugee women are confronted with on a daily basis.…

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