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26 Syrians arrested for entering illegally into the country

Date of incident: 
April 29, 2017
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Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Syrian Civilians/Refugees
Internal Security Forces (ISF)

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.

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Secondary Category: 
Illicit Trade/Trafficking/Smuggling
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Border conflicts (Syrian border)
Violations, disputes and/or conflicts arising between rival armed groups along the Lebanese/Syrian borders which involve parties or militant groups from the Lebanese and Syrian side in both Lebanon and Syria. These conflicts also encompass transnational groups (such as faith-based regional groups, e.g. ISIS, al-Nusra Front) that cannot be considered as strictly Syrian, Lebanese or of any other national entity.