BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 13 (NNN-NNA) – Lebanese maritime forces arrested 10 Syrian nationals, for attempting to escape Lebanon by sea using a boat, local media reported.
The boat was arrested 3.5 miles away from Qalamoun Sea, in northern Lebanon, according to Elnashra, an online independent newspaper.
The arrested people were referred to judicial bodies for further investigations and other legal procedures.
More than one million Syrian refugees are registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon, while the Lebanese government estimated the true number of Syrians in the country at 1.5 million.
Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, has announced earlier this year that, if the international community does not facilitate the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland, Syrians will escape Lebanon through the Mediterranean Sea, to other countries, to run away from the deteriorating economic situation in Lebanon.– NNN-NNA