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UN: 15 people killed in snowstorm crossing Lebanon border with Syria

Europe
22.01.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Beirut/New York (dpa) - Fifteen Syrian nationals who were trying to illegally enter Lebanon died in a snowstorm at a border area with war-torn Syria, the UN‘s refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed on Monday.

Men, women and children were among the dead and a pregnant woman was among those rescued by the Lebanese military and nearby residents, the UNHCR said in a statement.

The Lebanese army originally said on Friday that 10 people had died, including nine who were found dead in the al-Sawayari-Masnaa mountainous area on the border with Syria and one who later died in hospital. The group tried to cross the border on Thursday night.

Two Syrians were arrested over suspected involvement in the bid to smuggle the victims into Lebanon, according to the army‘s statement. 

There are several routes used by smugglers to bring Syrians into Lebanon in return for money.

In 2014, the Lebanese government decided to stop admitting Syrians after an influx of refugees strained Lebanon‘s economy.

Lebanon hosts some 1.5 million Syrians displaced by more than six years of war in their homeland.

 

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