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26 Syrians arrested for entering illegally into the country
Police arrested one Lebanese citizen and 26 Syrian nationals, including 10 children, for illegally entering Lebanon, the Internal Security Forces Saturday said in a statement.
The suspects were detained in the town of Suweiri in the Western Bekaa.
The ISF said that the suspects were in three cars.
One of the drivers,caught in a Volkswagen Caddy, was identified as 30-year-old Kh.A., a Lebanese citizen.
Lebanese security forces have been clamping down on people smuggling rings that have been the main facilitator of Syrians entering Lebanon illegally.
The Lebanese government estimates that around 1.5 million Syrian refugees live in unofficial camps around the country in deteriorating economic conditions – which Lebanon was already suffering prior to the refugee crisis.