BEIRUT — Lebanese authorities intercepted more than 20 Syrian nationals, including women and children, illegally entering Lebanon via the land border, L'Orient Today's correspondent in North Lebanon reported Sunday.
Here's what we know:
• Our correspondent cites the Internal Security Forces as saying that 24 Syrians aboard a minibus were intercepted on the Beit Mellat-Joumeh road in Wadi Khaled for illegally entering Lebanese territory with the help of smugglers. Six people were arrested for investigation, while the women and children were handed over to the General Security.
• More and more Syrians, but also Lebanese, are trying to reach Europe illegally from the Lebanese coast, fleeing the war ravaging Syria and the economic crisis that has hit Lebanon since 2019. Last week, more than 90 migrants were intercepted off the coast of Lebanon after their boat broke down.