As of January 5th, 2015, Syrian citizens will now be required to obtain a civilian visa before they can be permitted entrance into Lebanon. This law was recently passed by the Lebanese Government in order to prohibit any potential terrorist from freely crossing the border of Syria into Lebanon.

The large presence of Al-Nusra Front (Jabhat Al-Nusra) and Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) fighters on the border of Syria and Lebanon is likely the cause of apprehension for the Lebanese Government and citizens. This is the first time since the genesis of post-mandate Lebanon and Syria that a law like this has been passed – previously, Syrians were required to present their citizen identification cards in order to be permitted entrance.

The Syrian Government has not commented on this recent legislation passed in Lebanon; however, this law is expected to obstruct the flow of refugees from Syria into Lebanon. Lebanon currently inhabits over 1 million Syrian refugees that currently receive stipends from UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and much of their aid from this organization.

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