Minister: Syria refugees threaten Lebanon's stability

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February 28, 2013 15:00

 
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BEIRUT - Lebanon's interior minister said on Thursday that refugees who have fled from the war in neighboring Syria have become a threat to Lebanon's security because of the suspicion that many are in fact rebel fighters.

Residents in northern Lebanon say that rebels pose as refugees to cross the border, and are arming members of the refugee community in Lebanon to fight in Syria. The minister, Marwan Charbel, has said Syrian rebels have set up training camps in Lebanon.

In addition, members of the rebel Free Syrian Army have used Lebanon's mountainous terrain to regroup before staging attacks on the Syrian army across the poorly demarcated border.

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