Amidst the border between Lebanon and Syria, a startling incident unfolded in the early hours of Wednesday. Two land mines detonated with a resounding blast, inflicting injuries upon three Syrian individuals attempting an illicit crossing into Lebanese territory. The Lebanese army swiftly reported this incident, shedding light on the matter.
These land mines, ominously planted on the Syrian side of the border, exacted a toll that prompted immediate action. The wounded were expeditiously transported by the Lebanese Red Cross to a medical facility in northern Lebanon, where they received essential treatment.
In recent months, a steady stream of Syrian nationals, propelled by the deteriorating economic conditions within their war-ravaged homeland, embarked on perilous journeys to reach Lebanon through clandestine entry points. Their aspirations for a brighter future, however, collide with Lebanon’s ongoing quagmire—a four-year-long economic meltdown. The nation’s hopes are tethered to the fragile thread of tourism, amidst a backdrop of crumbling infrastructure, marred by ubiquitous power and water shortages.
Al-Jadeed TV, a local news outlet, provided harrowing details of the victims’ ordeal. An 18-year-old young man bore the brunt of the explosion, losing both a leg and an arm, while enduring shrapnel wounds to the neck, rendering him in a precarious condition. Another youth suffered the grievous loss of a limb, and the third, a 27-year-old, sustained shrapnel injuries to his back.
In a separate statement issued on Tuesday, the Lebanese army disclosed its relentless efforts in thwarting illegal border crossings. It revealed that 1,250 Syrians were prevented from entering Lebanon in the current week alone, with an additional 1,200 interceptions made in the preceding week.
Lebanon, a country grappling with an array of challenges, plays host to approximately 805,000 United Nations-registered Syrian refugees. However, officials posit that the actual number may range between 1.5 million and 2 million—an indicator of the nation’s burdensome humanitarian crisis. In a stern warning issued last week, Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, voiced concerns that the influx of Syrian refugees in recent months could exacerbate the already delicate equilibrium within this small Mediterranean nation.