Published: 2018-01-20 12:00
Last Updated: 2018-01-20 15:38
Over ten Syrian refugees were found dead, after trying to cross the mountains into Lebanon of Friday, a Lebanese military source said.
The bodies were reportedly found frozen in the Bekaa town of Suweiri.
Meanwhile, the Lebanese Army said it will take new measure to control illegal smuggling routes along the Lebanese border with Syria, The Daily Star reported.
“They were with a smuggler who left them. The bodies belong to three men, two kids and eight women,” the source added.
However, the deceased were part of a larger group who tried to flee into the Lebanese territories.
There might be other bodies near the outskirt’s higher peaks,” the source said.
While nine bodies were retrieved, six refugees were saved, but one later died in the hospital.
Two others were arrested for being involved in the smuggling attempt, a statement issued by the army read.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR called on countries to allow refugees who need protection to pass and enter safely.