BEIRUT — Human Rights Watch on Tuesday criticized Lebanon for refusing entry to Palestinians from Syria and forcibly returning them to the war-torn country.
It accused Beirut of “arbitrarily” denying Palestinians entry and documented the deportation of around 40 Palestinians accused of having forged documents.
The Lebanese government has not announced a blanket ban on the entry of Palestinians from Syria, but government sources confirm a general policy to keep out Palestinians fleeing the conflict. […]
But Lebanon is also home to around 422,000 Palestinian refugees, whose presence in the country remains a source of tension.