Lebanon Opens Borders To Receive 5K Assyrian Christians Fleeing Islamic State


Assyrian Christians fleeing the Islamic State ISIS are now welcome to take refuge in Lebanon because their humanitarian case is exceptional, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said.

Machnouk, after discussing the matter with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas, gave the order on Sunday to allow the inflow of Assyrian refugees from Syria, saying that “the case of the Assyrians fleeing massacres meets the “extreme humanitarian cases” exempted from the recent government policy to stop allowing refugees in,” reports said.

State Minister Nabil De Freij had been making efforts to faciliate the entry of Assyrian refugees, notifying the border control forces of the decision, adding that “nearly 5,000 Assyrians are expected to enter Lebanon, and they will stay with relatives or in homes provided by the church,” according to reports.

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