Reports: Pro-Assad Militias in Northern Lebanon Preparing for 'Terrorist Missions'إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Groups close to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime came to Lebanon in a mission to perform terrorist activities, LBCI television reported on Friday.
"These groups have resided in a northern area with Christian-majority,” LBCI said, adding that the armed clans are coordinating their activities with local political forces in the north.
Security information revealed that the pro-Assad groups will try to make the terrorist incidents look as if they were planned and executed by Islamist extremists, in order to tarnish the reputation of Syrian refugees.
"These reports should be treated as notifications and must be dealt with seriously by the General Prosecution,” security sources informed the TV channel.
LBCI explained that there is difficulty in investigating and in the questioning of Syrians in Lebanon, because of the absence of coordination with Syria's authorities.
The cabinet on Thursday voted to adopt a three-part plan to tackle the influx of refugees from war-torn Syria. It was revealed that the plan involves the “registration -- which means the counting of refugees -- medical and food aid, and the security and social consequences.”
The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has reached 170,637, among them 126,724 registered refugees and 43,913 scheduled to be registered, according to the weekly report The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The report said more than 24,000 refugees were registered in December at the registration offices in Tripoli, Beirut, the Bekaa and South Lebanon.
According to the report, 64,798 refugees are residing in northern Lebanon, 49,692 in the Bekaa, and 12,234 in Beirut and Mount Lebanon.