A Lebanese Mayor threatens to expel Syrian refugees

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 3 April, 2017


ElDorar AlShamia:

The Lebanese municipality of Maniara threatened to deport the Syrian refugees living within the town, if the sponsoring bodies and associations did not take the necessary measures to keep them.

Several Lebanese towns have recently called on Syrian refugees to leave and set deadlines to do so but the Lebanese government does not provide alternative shelter, while other towns closed Syrian shops on the pretext of restricting the Lebanese to work.

Additional Burdens

Mayor Tony Abboud said that "the municipality no longer tolerates the expenses resulting from the pressure on the infrastructure in the town, from waste and sewage, electricity and water, and other services of life and living, according to the Lebanese newspaper of "An Nahar ".

He added that they need to rehabilitate and expand the sewage network, establish new electricity stations and secure additional quantities of water, knowing that the infrastructure in the town and outside are only qualified to provide the necessary services to the residents of the town.

The mayor added that the transport of waste increased significantly after the arrival of Syrian refugees, and thus costs increased a lot.

Specified Timeout

Aboud pointed out that he reviewed the offices of all international organizations and told them. However, none of them cared about the subject. He expressed astonishment at how the United Nations spends the price of cars for the benefit of its staff instead of deliberately assisting the refugees.

The mayor of Maniara gave the United Nations and international organizations 20 days to prove their veracity and to help the refugees, otherwise the decision to deport them would be implemented.

Lebanon has 1.2 million Syrian refugees officially registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lebanon. According to UN reports, between 2011 and 2015, travel requests for 9235 Syrian refugees from Lebanon have been accepted.