Lebanon imposes visas on Syrians for first time

Syrian refugee children stand outside a tent being used as a school at a Syrian refugee camp in the Lebanese village of Baaloul, in the west of the Bekaa Valley on December 16, 2014Lebanon is to impose visa restrictions on Syrians for the first time after being overwhelmed by an influx of more than 1.1 million refugees, according to documents published online. This is the first time that Lebanon has required Syrians to apply for visas. Citizens of both countries have been able to travel freely across their shared border since Lebanon gained independence in 1943. The new rule is the latest in a series of measures taken by Lebanon to stem the influx of Syrians fleeing their country’s brutal civil war.

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