Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hundreds of Syrians flee Lebanon for the violence of the regime

Beirut. .- Some 700 Syrians, mostly women, children and elderly, have arrived in Lebanon late on fleeing the violence in Syria for the police crackdown on the protests, said Tuesday Lebanese media. The influx of refugees from Syria began a slow night, but intensified this morning after 08.00 local time (05.00 GMT) through unofficial border crossings.

The radio station "Voice of Free Lebanon," said that most Syrians entered Lebanon have come from Deraa, in southern Syria, and Duma, on the outskirts of Damascus. A municipal official, Ali Said, mayor of the town of Mukayble, located in the border region of Wadi Khaled, confirmed that most people who come are women and children.

One of the official border crossing points has been cut, the Syrian side, with stones and tires. Since last night, the Lebanese army has tightened security measures to monitor and control the northern border, the border with Syria, which has charged a Lebanese group with arms and money to feed the popular revolt that began in mid March.

The Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) said that the reinforcement, which is to transport military vehicles and troops, focusing on the border region that stretches from Arida to the region of Wadi Khaled, along the banks of Rio El Kabir. Infantry and armored patrols travel the region to monitor and control the border and prevent any type of contraband.

A military source said when asked by Efe measures are normal given the situation, not wanting to give further details.

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