The United Nations has expressed concern over new Lebanese restrictions on Syrian refugees aimed at slowing the influx of asylum seekers escaping Syria's civil war, the BBC website reports today (January 5, 2015).
Travel between the neighboring countries was previously unrestricted, but now Syrians will have to obtain a visa.
There are more than a million Syrians in Lebanon -- more than one-fourth of the four million Lebanese who live in the small country -- and a senior minister says there is "no more capacity." "We have enough. There's no capacity anymore to host more displaced," Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said at a news conference today.
More than 76,000 people were killed in Syria's civil war in 2014, including almost 18,000 civilians.