Civilians threaten Syrian
refugees, demand they leave


BEIRUT - Residents of the city of Baalbek circulated a statement via the mobile application WhatsApp on Monday, threatening Syrians with kidnapping and battery if they did not leave the city by 7 p.m.


“You have been warned. We are not responsible for any Syrian who goes missing after 7 p.m., and we have requested the Hezbollah and Amal Movement leaderships not to intervene,” the statement read.


Earlier Monday, residents from the town of Bourj al-Shamali, east of South Lebanon’s Tyre, gave Syrian refugees living in a nearby camp 48 hours to leave their tents, and asked employers of workers living in the camp to provide them with accommodation.


Residents from the Hayy As-Sullam neighborhood in southern Beirut’s Dahiyeh also posted notices ordering Syrians to leave the area, and asking Hezbollah and the Amal movement not to interfere.


Meanwhile, Bourj Hammoud residents distributed flyers demanding that Syrians leave the area by Tuesday at 6 p.m., and requested that Lebanese parties not interfere in events that might take place if their demands were not met.


The series of ultimatums comes after the beheading of two Lebanese soldiers by Islamist militants in Syria.