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Bassil calls for deporting Syrian refugees

Lebanese caretaker Energy Minister Gebran Bassil said that all Syrian refugees in Lebanon should be deported.

 

“Lebanon should stop receiving refugees unless for exceptional cases, and the Syrians already in Lebanon should be deported,” Bassil said during a press conference on Friday.

 

“We need funding to enable us to deport the Syrians in a humanitarian manner and not to improve their situation on Lebanese soil.”

 

“What is happening in Lebanon is an organized crime perpetrated by some Lebanese and non-Lebanese officials in order to change the demography of the country.”

 

Meanwhile, Lebanese Forces MP Fadi Karam slammed Bassil’s remarks, and dismissed them as “a failed attempt at not assuming responsibility for what the refugees’ situation has become.”

 

Bassil – a member of the Free Patriotic Movement – has repeatedly voiced his concern over the security implications stemming from the influx of refugees.

 

Earlier in the week, an international support group meeting took place on the margins of the UN General Assembly to discuss ways to provide Lebanon with support in its effort to tackle the overburdening issue of the large influx of refugees from war-torn Syria.

What is happening in Lebanon is an organized crime perpetrated by some Lebanese and non-Lebanese officials.