Change and Reform Urges Action on Refugees to Protect 'Our Security, Their Safety'

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The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc on Tuesday urged the government to “shoulder its responsibilities towards the Syrian refugee crisis,” asking it to “take central decisions to protect our security and that of the refugees so that they can safely return to their homeland.”

"We cannot neglect our security and borders and we must talk to the Syrian state regarding the refugees' return to their country," said the bloc in a statement issued after its weekly meeting in Rabieh.

The statement comes a day after eight suicide bombers targeted the Bekaa border town of al-Qaa in an unprecedented attack that left five people dead and 28 others wounded.

Al-Qaa and the nearby Ras Baalbek are the only two towns with a Christian majority in the predominantly Shiite Hermel region. The area of Mashrii al-Qaa -- a predominantly Sunni area near al-Qaa -- is home to a large number of Syrian refugees.

“Decisions must be taken to help municipalities confront the threat of the Syrian refugee influx,” Change and Reform added.

“If they consider our defense of our country to be racism, we tell them that we will not tolerate vacuum in the issue of the decisions that must be taken by the officials,” the bloc warned.

“No one has the right to jeopardize the lives of the Lebanese or to downplay the risks that are emanating from the unorganized Syrian refugee influx,” it stressed.

During the meeting, bloc chief MP Michel Aoun warned that “there are countries that are seeking the naturalization of refugees in Lebanon and keeping them in dire conditions in order to turn them into incubators for terrorism,” the bloc added.

It also defended Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil's latest warnings regarding the refugee crisis, saying “he was accused of racism because he voiced responsible remarks and anticipated the threats.”

On Sunday, Bassil announced that the FPM will seek to bar Syrian refugees from setting up encampments and opening shops in towns that witnessed FPM victories in the latest municipal elections.

More than 1,000 unofficial refugee encampments are scattered across Lebanon, mostly in the Bekaa and the North.

Several FPM and Kataeb Party ministers have warned that the huge number of refugees in Lebanon has started to pose major security, economic and demographic risks. They have also warned of alleged international efforts to naturalize or permanently settle the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Five years into the Syria conflict, Lebanon hosts more than one million refugees from the war-torn country, according to the United Nations. At least two thirds of them live in extreme poverty, the U.N. says.

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Comments 8
Thumb ex-fpm 28 June 2016, 18:16

Change and Reform Urges Action on Refugees to Protect 'Our Security, Their Safety'

But when it was asked to extend the U.N.I.F.I.L mandate to secure the Eastern borders you were the first to veto it.

1 hour ago MP Michel Aoun during meeting of Change and Reform bloc: There are countries that are seeking the naturalization of refugees in Lebanon and to keep them in dire conditions in order to turn them into incubators for terrorism.

Yes, there are those who are seeking to keep the refugees in dire conditions.... hmmm.

Bassil: We will seek to bar Syrian refugees from opening shops in our towns.

Thumb ex-fpm 28 June 2016, 18:19

1 hour ago Change and Reform bloc: The condemnation must be for the regimes and states that are fueling terrorism and arming and funding it.

did he miss nassrallah's speech of last Friday ?!!!

نصرالله: مالنا وصواريخنا من إيران ومن لديه مشكلة فليشرب من البحر

3 days ago
Nasrallah: We openly say that Hizbullah's budget and funds come directly from the Islamic Republic of Iran and as long as Iran has money we will have money.

Thumb justin 28 June 2016, 19:29

lol

Thumb justice 28 June 2016, 18:37

"We cannot neglect our security and borders and we must talk to the Syrian state regarding the refugees' return to their country," said the bloc in a statement issued after its weekly meeting in Rabieh.

Talk to your friends, the Syrian State, about returning the refugees. Who is stopping you? The minister of Foreign Affairs is the head of your failed party and is a personal friend of Walid Muallem of Syria.

Thumb tric.portugal 28 June 2016, 18:51

"Interior Minister Mashnouq after Grand Serail meeting: The encampments have nothing to do with the suicide bombers and we have taken the necessary measures."
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nothing...

Thumb Les.Mzelles.Aoun 28 June 2016, 18:58

It's uncanny, every time our brilliant Son In Lawlaw warns about something the filthy takfiri terrorists, tfeh, oblige with something to support his warnings. He is a soothsayer IMHO. In fact he spent the whole weekend creaming sooth, sooth, sooth, sooth, while he was playing with his toy trains. I don't know if that had anything to do with it. Come to think of it the persecuted Christian patriot Mr Michel Samaha used to warn, live and in print, about filthy takfiri terrorists bombings coming to Lebanon. And I even remember he did this just before he was wrongly arrested on trumped up charges of transporting illegal materials into Lebanon! Since when was it illegal to bring Syrian sweets into Lebanon in the trunk of ones car especially if those sweets were resonantly and lovingly backed by Mr the president Assad himself?

Thumb norma-jean 28 June 2016, 19:37

Cutie;

Houthians and Fouthians are a dangerous breed and can never be trusted. You may trust and reason with a Viper but never a HFouthian!

Thumb liberty 29 June 2016, 04:13

typical lebanese mentality