Middle East

In pictures: Lebanon's Syria refugees

Lebanon has placed new restrictions on Syrians entering the country to slow the flow of asylum seekers trying to escape the Syrian civil war.

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Image caption Syrians entering Lebanon face new restrictions, and will require a visa to enter the country. Previously, travel between the two countries was largely unrestricted.
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Image caption Millions have fled Syria's civil war, which killed more than 76,000 people in 2014.
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Image caption Officially, there are 1.1 million Syrians living in Lebanon. However, the real number is believed to be much higher: about 500,000 in the country are thought to be unregistered.
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Image caption The influx is placing massive strains on Lebanon's infrastructure. One in five people living in the country is a Syrian refugee.
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Image caption Many Syrian refugees face hostility from the Lebanese population who fear their presence will raise sectarian or religious tensions, or even spark another civil war.
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Image caption The Syrian uprising began with protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule in 2011 and degenerated into civil war a year later.