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Number of Syrian refugees into Lebanon continues to decline

The Daily Star, May 17 2011

TRIPOLI: The number of Syrian refugees heading into Lebanon continued to decline Tuesday as Syrian authorities blockaded several towns and the security situation calmed, northern residents told The Daily Star.

Residents of Wadi Khaled, a town bordering Syria, said relatively few refugees had crossed the Bkayaa border as the situation on other side seemed quiet compared to previous days, when gunshots could be heard from across the border.

“The security situation is calm now and the fighting has decreased,” one refugee who escaped the unrest in Syria said.

Schools in the northern town of al-Beyra were housing over 100 families Tuesday and Wadi Khaled residents welcomed many refugees into their homes.

In the past three days, a large influx of Syrian refugees crossed into Lebanon escaping the crackdown by the Syrian authorities in the town of Tall Kalakh, 5 kilometers away from the border with Lebanon.

Lebanese sources said that pro-government forces were surrounding Tall Kalakh and the northern side of Nahr al-Kabir – the waterway that separates the two neighboring countries – to prevent residents from escaping into Lebanon.

More than 5,000 refugees have crossed into Lebanon so far, officials told The Daily Star Monday. The number shot up over the weekend following the crackdown on Tall Kalakh, which is located 45 kilometers west of Homs and has a population of approximately 60,000.

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