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Conflict Incident Report

44 Syrians were arrested after entering Lebanon illegally

Date of incident: 
May 16, 2018
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Internal Security Forces (ISF)
Syrian Civilians/Refugees

The Internal Security Forces Wednesday arrested 44 Syrian nationals in the Bekaa region, after the group allegedly entered Lebanon through illegal routes.

The group, which was said to have included 10 children under the age of 13, was apprehended in the Western Bekaa town of Suweiri, due to their alleged unofficial entry into Lebanon.

It was not immediately clear from the statement if the group had entered the country together.

In 2015, the Lebanese government barred the U.N. refugee agency from registering Syrian refugees, tightening conditions for their entry into the country. The restrictive measures led to a rise in the number of Syrians attempting to enter Lebanon irregularly.

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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.