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[Maronite Patriarch] Rahi Says [Lebanon] Situation 'Unbearable', Displaced Must Return Home
Naharnet ^ | 10/1/17 | Naharnet Newsdesk

Posted on 10/05/2017 6:17:26 PM PDT by marshmallow

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi said on Saturday that the situation in Lebanon has become “unbearable” with the presence of more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees and that the country “must not wait for the international community” but should exert strenuous efforts to return the displaced.

“Lebanon can not wait for the international community to return displaced Syrians back to their country because it has its own considerations,” said Rahi.

“We have to work to return them back to their homeland because there are plenty of safe regions in Syria,” he added.

The Patriarch noted that Lebanon is witnessing a “political-security crisis,” adding to the “crisis of refugees and the economic calamity.”

“The situation is unbearable,” he remarked.

Rahi spoke from the Bekaa city of Zahle where he began a two-day pastoral visit.

Lebanon hosts more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees, who amount to more than a quarter of the country's population not to mention undocumented individuals, many of whom live in informal tented settlements.

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1 posted on 10/05/2017 6:17:26 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

If Sunnis are allowed to stay, Lebanon will switch from slight Shiite plurality to Sunni majority. What’s worse is that people who have fled to Lebanon are might be the highly-religious Sunnis aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.


2 posted on 10/05/2017 6:25:46 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: marshmallow

Same for Europe.


3 posted on 10/05/2017 6:26:03 PM PDT by Bogie
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To: marshmallow

I have lived in two cities where Maronite Christians were very prominent politically. Very much like Jews.


4 posted on 10/05/2017 6:28:52 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8:38-39, For I am persuaded.)
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To: yarddog

“Very much like Jews.”

Does that mean they act like orthodox Jews - or like Chuck Schumer Jews?


5 posted on 10/05/2017 7:22:21 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: jonno

I guess more like Orthodox Jews but the only one I knew personally was simply a likeable, capable, and ambitious person.


6 posted on 10/05/2017 7:33:10 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8:38-39, For I am persuaded.)
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To: yarddog

I don’t know anything about the Maronite Christians.
- so, thank you.


7 posted on 10/05/2017 7:50:02 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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