Syria refugees say they are trapped, unsafe in Lebanon

By REUTERS
September 29, 2011 15:15




WADI KHALED, Lebanon - Syrian refugees who have fled violence and bloodshed into neighboring Lebanon say they are unable to return for fear of persecution, but complain that they are still not safe from Syrian authorities who, they say, have infiltrated Lebanon.

"I can't return until the regime falls," said dissident Suheed al-Aqari, 30, who has been staying at an abandoned school where food and shelter are provided by a local charity.

"Two of my cousins returned to Syria, but after five or six days they were captured. We think they are in a prison in Damascus," Aqari said, adding that his wife and children are still in Syria.

Aqari says his political beliefs made him a fugitive from authorities and the feared Shabiha, heavily armed gangs who fight alongside the Syrian army and scout out dissidents.


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