Fifty thousand Syrians returned to Syria from Lebanon this year – official

Fifty thousand Syrians have returned home from Lebanon so far in 2018 and the number could reach 200,000 in a year's time if it continues at this rate, a top Lebanese official said on Tuesday. Major General Abbas Ibrahim, head of Lebanon's General Security directorate, told Reuters his security agency had

Bassil continues his accusations against U.N. refugee agency

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's caretaker foreign minister escalated his row with the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR on Wednesday, accusing it at a news conference of working to stop refugees from returning to Syria. UNHCR has denied the accusation, saying it supports the return of refugees when it is safe for them

Refugees directly flown from Libya to Italy in ‘historic’ first

ROME: A group of 162 “vulnerable” refugees have been flown directly from Libya to Italy for the first time, a day hailed as “historic” by Interior Minister Marco Minniti. “For the first time a humanitarian corridor has been opened from Libya to Europe. It’s a start,” Minniti said. Those evacuated came from

10,000 refugees to be relocated from Libya to EU in 2018

ROME: Up to 10,000 people stranded in refugee camps and detention centers in Libya could be relocated to Europe in 2018, the Italian government said on Sunday. The initiative would be part of an attempt by EU countries to address the deteriorating conditions in Libya, where thousands of people are held