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  5/7/2014, Iyar 7, 5774

Lebanon Deports 'Palestinian Refugees' Back to Syria


41 "Palestinian refugees," descendants of Arab residents who left Israel prior to the 1948 founding of the modern state, were deported from Lebanon back to Syria on Sunday, garnering international condemnation.

The United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA), a UN body established for the welfare of the "Palestinian refugees," expressed concern over the deportation back to war-torn Syria, reports BBC. The deportation violates the international principle of "non-refoulement," forbidding states from sending asylum seekers back to places of danger, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).