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LAF dismantles refugee
camp near Tyre army barracks

A Syrian refugee camp. (AFP PHOTO / CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE)

BEIRUT - The Lebanese Armed Forces removed five tents inhabited by Syrian refugees near an army barracks east of Tyre, and gave other refugees in the area twenty-four hours to leave, in the latest evictions near the southern city.

 

The LAF, in coordination with Tyre’s municipality, removed five tents to the east of the city near the Benoit Barakat military barracks, after the Syrian refugees living in them were asked to leave, a security source told NOW on Wednesday.

 

More than twenty Syrian families living in the area in camps on public property under the jurisdiction of the ministries of Education and Agriculture have also been given twenty-four hours to leave.

 

Responsibility for housing refugees working on agricultural land near the city or carrying out paid services has been placed with their employers.

 

“Their refugee status will be removed if it is confirmed that they are doing paid work,” the source added.

 

On Monday, the town of Bourj al-Shamali east of South Lebanon’s Tyre gave Syrian refugees living in some 200 tents in the area forty-eight hours to leave, and asked the employers of workers living in the camp to provide them with accommodation.

A Syrian refugee camp. (AFP PHOTO / CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE)