Lebanese Army Prevents Pregnant Syrian Women from Reaching Hospital

Tensions run high in the northern Lebanese town of Arsal as Syrian refugees endure harsh living conditions and widespread neglect from security forces and NGOs

Soldiers in the Lebanese army on Tuesday prevented two pregnant Syrian women living in Hamid Valley from entering the Lebanese town of Arsal to receive the necessary health care.

Local media activist Tim al-Kalamoni confirmed the news to Al-Souria Net’s correspondent, adding that Syrian refugee camps in the Lebanese town of Arsal suffer from difficult humanitarian and living conditions.

The situation has been complicated further by a number of issues, namely the spread of sewage water between tents that shelter more than 350,000 refugees, most of whom are from the Qalamoun area. With the United Nations completely absent in the area, the refugees have sent numerous distress calls to humanitarian organizations in order to avoid the spread of diseases and epidemics.

According to our correspondent, widespread unemployment among young people has exacerbated the difficult living conditions in the camps, as refugees continue to lack basics necessities.

Saraya Ahl ash-Sham, a military formation comprising a number of Syrian opposition factions, demanded in a statement on Twitter that all the organizations, bodies and countries concerned with the Syrian refugee crisis put pressure on the Lebanese army to end its abuses against Syrians. The opposition group warned its fighters would take any action necessary to secure Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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