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Conflict Incident Report

Bsharri seeks tighter controls on refugees

Date of incident: 
August 18, 2014
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Syrian Civilians/Refugees

Bsharri authorities are seeking tighter controls on Syrian refugees in the district northeast of Beirut Monday in an attempt to preempt any clashes after the showdown in Arsal between Syrian militants and the Army earlier this month.
The new recommendations were agreed at a meeting attended by the local governor that brought together area mayors and security officials.
Recommendations included increasing cooperation between the municipalities and the Internal Security Forces by exchanging information on any developments or incidents that might have an impact on security.
They also want to require Syrian refugees to keep their papers up to date and carry registration cards from UNHCR, along with implementing a curfew on the movement of refugees on motorcycles after 7 p.m. and shutting down all businesses operated or owned by Syrians.
Other recommendations called for cracking down on violations, especially the use of unlicensed motorcycles, increasing municipality control, monitoring the assistance offered by donors, and updating information on the number and whereabouts of refugees through regular reports to be submitted by the municipalities.
There are more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees estimated to be in Lebanon, with the highest concentrations in north Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley. Villages and towns throughout the country have introduced regulations to keep control and track of the Syrian refugees they are hosting, a process that many stepped up following the clashes between the Army and Syrian militants who overran the northeastern border town of Arsal.
Some 19 soldiers, in addition to more than 15 civilians and 60 militants, were killed in the clashes.

Primary category: 
Restrictions on Residents [inc. curfews]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Conflicts of social discrimination
Violent and unjust treatment of different categories of people and individuals based on race, age, gender or sexuality, committed by the State, groups and individuals, related to a lack of protection and rights, inefficiency of the Justice system and persisting social and economic vulnerabilities.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
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.