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Palestinian Official: Palestinian Families in Lebanon Will not Be Forced to Return to Syria against Their Will

Published : 02-08-2018

Palestinian Official: Palestinian Families in Lebanon Will not Be Forced to Return to Syria against Their Will

Secretary of the Palestinian Popular Committees in Lebanon, Abu Iyad AlShaalan, denied reports on underway attempts to force Palestinians to go back to Syria-based refugee camps.

AlShaalan said that efforts have been ongoing to work out the refugees’ files in Lebanon and that return to Syria hinges on the will of the Palestinian refugees, most of who come from Yarmouk Camp in war-torn Syria.

The official added that Palestine’s Ambassador in Lebanon, Ashraf Dabour, pledged to settle the situation of refugee families who overstayed their visas or entered illegally to Lebanon.

The families, 90% of whom come from Yarmouk, also received promises from Dabour to have the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) pay bus transportation fees.

He added that a PLO delegation headed by Azzam AlAhmad told him that Yarmouk residents who seek shelter in Damascus cannot return to their homes in the camp; They are only allowed to visit the camp from 08:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

According to the same source, only 100 families formerly sheltered in such liberated camps as AlSabina, AlHusainiya, AlDhiabiya, and AlSayeda Zeinab appear on returnee lists.

AlShaalan said 26,000 Palestinians from Syria have fled to Lebanon, down from 32,000 according to previous estimates.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/7507

Secretary of the Palestinian Popular Committees in Lebanon, Abu Iyad AlShaalan, denied reports on underway attempts to force Palestinians to go back to Syria-based refugee camps.

AlShaalan said that efforts have been ongoing to work out the refugees’ files in Lebanon and that return to Syria hinges on the will of the Palestinian refugees, most of who come from Yarmouk Camp in war-torn Syria.

The official added that Palestine’s Ambassador in Lebanon, Ashraf Dabour, pledged to settle the situation of refugee families who overstayed their visas or entered illegally to Lebanon.

The families, 90% of whom come from Yarmouk, also received promises from Dabour to have the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) pay bus transportation fees.

He added that a PLO delegation headed by Azzam AlAhmad told him that Yarmouk residents who seek shelter in Damascus cannot return to their homes in the camp; They are only allowed to visit the camp from 08:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

According to the same source, only 100 families formerly sheltered in such liberated camps as AlSabina, AlHusainiya, AlDhiabiya, and AlSayeda Zeinab appear on returnee lists.

AlShaalan said 26,000 Palestinians from Syria have fled to Lebanon, down from 32,000 according to previous estimates.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/7507