Hundreds of Syrians leave Lebanese town over tensions, UN says 

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Read: 762     11:37     28 November 2020    

At least 270 Syrian families have left a north Lebanon town, as hostility towards them mounted over a murder allegedly committed by a Syrian national, the UN refugee agency said Friday, AzVision.az reports citing AFP.


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees condemned "collective reprisals against Syrians in the town," of Bsharre, saying many of the families fled in fear without taking their belongings.

"Collective punishment... for a whole community for an incident involving one individual is unacceptable," a UNHCR spokesperson said in a statement.

Many of those who fled the Christian-majority town said they were chased out by Bsharre residents after a Syrian on Monday was accused of shooting dead a Lebanese resident, sparking widespread tension and hostility.

Lebanon's official National News Agency reported forced evictions of Syrians in the wake of the murder, but Bsharre's mayor denied that the Syrians had left out of fear.



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Hundreds of Syrians leave Lebanese town over tensions, UN says 

2020/11/1606550592.jpg
Read: 763     11:37     28 November 2020    

At least 270 Syrian families have left a north Lebanon town, as hostility towards them mounted over a murder allegedly committed by a Syrian national, the UN refugee agency said Friday, AzVision.az reports citing AFP.


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees condemned "collective reprisals against Syrians in the town," of Bsharre, saying many of the families fled in fear without taking their belongings.

"Collective punishment... for a whole community for an incident involving one individual is unacceptable," a UNHCR spokesperson said in a statement.

Many of those who fled the Christian-majority town said they were chased out by Bsharre residents after a Syrian on Monday was accused of shooting dead a Lebanese resident, sparking widespread tension and hostility.

Lebanon's official National News Agency reported forced evictions of Syrians in the wake of the murder, but Bsharre's mayor denied that the Syrians had left out of fear.



Tags: Syria   Lebanon