Bassil warns against Syrian refugees “demographic, political” threat

Lebanon’s caretaker Energy Minister Gebran Bassil warned against the influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon.


“The movement of refugees from Syria to Lebanon is pre-planned to transform the political and demographic reality and is a new act of partition,” Bassil said during the inauguration ceremony of water systems projects in North Lebanon’s Batroun region on Saturday.


The minister also reiterated his opposition to the creation of refugee camps in Lebanon to shelter the Syrians who have fled the fighting in their country.


“The Syrian refugee camps will subsequently turn into acquired rights with all the security risks that they represent, especially that [Syrian rebels] have a jihadist agenda that doesn’t have a boundary.”


Bassil added that the refugee camps should be located inside Syrian territory “with access from Lebanon in order to provide humanitarian aid.”


Lebanon is facing difficulties dealing with the increasingly high number of refugees fleeing Syria’s violent uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which has killed more than 90,000 people since its outbreak in March 2011.


On Friday, the United Nations launched a record $5.2-billion aid appeal to fund operations in Syria and neighboring nations, saying the number of people affected by the country's brutal conflict was set to increase.

The movement of refugees from Syria to Lebanon is pre-planned to transform the political and demographic reality.

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    Very sensible idea. We haven't yet finished with the disastrous consequences of the Palestinian refugee influx in 1948 and 1967 when the Lebanese welcomed the refugees with open arms, only to see them turn against their hosts and wage a war on Lebanon from the 1960s through the 1980s. The Lebanese have learned their lessons, it seems. The question though is: Since BAssil is of the mercenary brand of Lebanese politicians who are in bed with the illegal Iranian terrorist organization Hezbollah, what credibility does he have when he asserts that the Syrian refugees have a Jihadist agenda? Don't his own Hezbollah buddies have an equally harmful Jihadist agenda too?

    June 10, 2013