Syrian Refugees Freeze to Death Crossing Into Lebanon

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Lebanon (Mission Network News) — The UN recently reported that as January 18 transitioned into the 19th, 13 Syrians froze to death while trying to enter Lebanon. At least two of the 13 were children. Why?

Syrians Still Entering Lebanon

“The legitimate legal border crossings for Syrians to get into Lebanon are closed to Syrians coming into Lebanon. That does not mean they’re not coming, though that’s what the news reports. They are coming, they’re coming over the mountain,” Heart for Lebanon’s Tom Atema explains.

“I think it was four or five children and moms were frozen to death on top of the mountain coming over into Lebanon just this yesterday [January 19 to 20]. There’s another storm surge coming tonight as we’re doing this interview. It’s not going away; it’s only going to get worse.”

Lebanese authorities are still looking for people who have been reportedly trapped in the freezing mountain. The fact that these people were willing to risk their lives in extreme temperatures, entering a country teetering on the brink of a proxy war, should tell us just how bad conditions are at home.

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