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Lebanon's army intelligence arrests Syrian nationals for illegal entry
Last Updated: 2018-10-11 07:36 | Xinhua
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Lebanon's army intelligence arrested on Monday five Syrian nationals in Ain Qenya, Nabatieh, for illegally entering Lebanon from Syria, online independent newspaper Elnashra reported.

The arrested Syrian nationals were referred to the police for investigations and other necessary legal procedures.

This is not the first time that Syrian nationals tried to enter Lebanon secretly.

On Sept. 15, the Internal Security Forces arrested 96 Syrian nationals in the Bekaa for allegedly entering Lebanon illegally, and three alleged human smugglers.

There are many reasons that could drive Syrians to Lebanon, from visiting or seeking education, to attending an interview at an embassy of a European state.

In 2015, however, the Lebanese government has barred the UN refugee agency from registering Syrian refugees or placed additional restrictions on their entry into the country without guarantors, work visas or visas for transit.

These measures led to a rise in the number of Syrian refugees attempting to enter Lebanon illegally.

As a result, security forces have been trying to crack down on smuggling in areas close to the border with Syria.

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Lebanon's army intelligence arrests Syrian nationals for illegal entry
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