Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met with his Lebanese
counterpart, Najib Mikati, and discussed with him the plight of the Palestinian
refugees who fled from Syria to Lebanon, in Beirut on Thursday.
Hamdallah’s first visit to Lebanon since he replaced former PA prime minister
The two also discussed the status of more than 500,000
Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon.
Tensions between the residents of
the refugee camps and the Lebanese authorities have been mounting over the past
few years, especially in wake of the presence of various armed groups inside the
The Lebanese authorities have imposed severe restrictions on the
movement of tens of thousands of Palestinians who have fled from Syria during
the civil war there. Recently, the Lebanese authorities also decided to
ban the fleeing refugees from entering the country.
Mikati told reporters
after the meeting with Hamdallah that “Beirut was honored to defend the rights
of the Palestinians.”
He said that his government was working with
various international organizations to provide the Palestinian refugees with