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Lebanese soldier beats Syrian refugee to death

Syrian Refugees | 2018-04-25 11:53:45
Lebanese soldier beats Syrian refugee to death
 (Zaman Al Wasl)- A Lebanese soldier has beaten a Syrian refugee to death in Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border, activists said Wednesday.

The soldier, identified as Abudlatif Zaitouni, has hit Mohamed Abdul Jawad Wais, 46, with a baton on his head, continuing a series of crimes committed against Syrian refugees, which have been fueled with discrimination and hatred.

Wais is a father of 8 children. He fled the border town of Qusayr, which is currently under the control Hezbollah militia. He was working as a driver in a Lebanese nursing school in the town of al-Sweiri.

Activist Abu Muaz al-Homsi said the victim lost his life after thee days in the intensive care.

The crime took place in public when Wais had stopped his mini-bus to deliver one of the children to his home in the traffic hour. The soldier stepped out of his car and start shouting at the driver. When he knew that he is Syrian, he returned to his car and brought a baton where he hit the refugee man several times on his head, according to al-Homsi.

According to activists, Syrian refugees in Lebanon remain subject to frequent "racist" acts, including raids on their homes and deportation.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday condemned the expulsion of hundreds of Syrian refugees from their temporary residences in Lebanon.

“At least 13 municipalities in Lebanon have forcibly evicted at least 3,664 Syrian refugees from their homes and expelled them from the municipalities, apparently because of their nationality or religion,” HRW said in a Friday report, Anadolu agency reported.

“Another 42,000 refugees remain at risk of eviction,” the report added.

“Municipalities have no legitimate justification for forcibly evicting Syrian refugees if it amounts to nationality-based or religious discrimination,” Bill Frelick, HRW’s director for refugee rights and the author of the report, said.

According to the report, HRW interviewed 57 Syrian refugees affected by the recent evictions, as well as municipal officials and legal experts.

“In some cases, Syrians said the [Lebanese] authorities used violence to evict them,” the report stated.


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