Aid Groups Urge Lebanese Army to Halt 'Punitive' Refugee Raids

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Saturday 10 August 2019 | 1:49 AM Damascus Time

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  • Aid Groups Urge Lebanese Army to Halt 'Punitive' Refugee Raids

    BALADI NEWS

    Dozens of international aid groups are calling on Lebanese armed forces to put an end to a campaign of dismantling homes of Syrian refugees, calling it "punitive" and "traumatic."

    The statement by 51 groups Friday comes following reports that Lebanese army personnel raided a community of 350 Syrian refugee homes in settlements in the northern town of Akkar around dawn a day earlier.

    The groups said military personnel used sledgehammers to partially demolish homes on grounds that they violated a recent military order.

    Earlier this year, the military gave refugees until July 1 to remove any concrete walls taller than waist high -- a measure designed to keep their homes temporary.

    Lebanon is home to over 1 million Syrian refugees, a strain on the small country's resources.

    Source: Naharnet. 

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