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Conflict Incident Report
Solidarity with Syrian refugees in Gemmayze
Poster of solidarity posted around the area in solidarity with Syrian nationals and refugees. "To our people in the area of Gemmayze. Three soldiers have died: Mohammad Hanniyeh, Ali El Sayyed and Abbas Medlej. The father of the martyr Mohammad Hanniyeh asked all the citizens not to take bad decisions towards the Syrian refugees because they are our parents. Moreover, the family of the Sergent Ali El Sayyed, stressed that Syrian refugees should not be blamed for the events unfolding in our country asking that the refugees be taken good care of and helped. At the condolences of Abbas Medlej somebody argued: “If Daesh (ISIS) and their supporters aim at causing internal dissensions, we will work to counter their plans by not oppressing Syrian refugees. These are our norms and social values”. The committee of the parents of the abducted soldiers recommends not to take any discriminatory action against Syrian refugees. The majority of deaths caused by Daesh (ISIS) are found to be of Syrian nationality. Despite this reality, most lebanese are considering that every Syrian is a member of Daesh (ISIS). Syrian citizens fled from Daesh (ISIS) and the Syrian regime in Syria and came to Lebanon in order to find peace and security. However, we are blaming them on a daily basis for the crimes of Daesh (ISIS). The Lebanese Government is the only one responsible for the lack of resolution of the problem of the abducted soldiers at Arsal. Our government did not care about the release of the Lebanese who have been abducted in Syria and Israel during the previous wars. Today, it is not doing anything to change the situation of those abducted in Arsal. So are we to blame? Who is responsible? The Syrian refugees who have no connection to the abduction? Or the Lebanese government which has never truthfully helped or protected the life of its own citizens? The Lebanese government is the one responsible, let us blame it, and let it take all the responsibility! Enough with the aggression against Syrian refugees and Syrian workers! The committee for the fight against sectarianism and racism." Source: First-hand data collected by the Lebanon Support team.