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Lebanon authorises entry for 20 Assyrians fleeing IS

Syrian refugees walk through snow in a refugee camp in Kabelias near the the Lebanese village of Zahle, January 8, 2015Lebanon made an exception to its border restrictions on Syrian refugees Tuesday to allow in some 20 Assyrian Christians fleeing the Islamic State group, a priest said. The Assyrians, who included children, had fled their homes in the northeastern province of Hasakeh and arrived Monday evening at a Lebanese border checkpoint, said Lebanese priest Sargoun Zoumaya. Lebanon’s official National News Agency also reported the entry of the Assyrian refugees, putting the number at 17. Lebanon has tightened border restrictions since January in an effort to curb the entry of Syrians into its territories.

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