Army Releases 28 Armed Syrians in Lebanon, Refers 7 to Judiciaryإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The army has released 28 Syrians, who were detained on Sunday for carrying arms after crossing illegally into Lebanon, An Nahar newspaper reported.
“The military detained 35 Syrian armed Syrian, who crossed into Lebanon with the refugees,” a military source told the daily. “We have questioned them and released 28 after we found out that they haven’t used their weapons in Lebanon or Syria.”
However, the source said that the remaining 7 are still detained for using their arms in Lebanese territories and injuring a Lebanese soldier.
“They will be referred on Wednesday to the competent judiciary,” he added.
The source denied that the Syrian regime had demanded the Lebanese authorities to turn in some of the detainees.
“The request should be sent to the political authority first,” he noted.
Media reports said that around 2,000 Syrians crossed into Lebanon over the weekend, fleeing the crisis in their country.
Lebanese security officials say more than 10,000 Syrians are believed to be in the country but according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, 7,058 Syrians have registered in Lebanon as refugees, where most of them live with host families.
The U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children-Sweden are also setting up a project to provide "safe places" where the children can get psychological, social and recreational support.