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Algeria prevents Syrians from crossing its southern border

Algeria prevented all Syrians from entering the country through its southern border to prevent the infiltration of Syrian armed factions into the territory.

Hassan Qasimi, the director of immigration policy at the Interior Ministry, told Reuters that Syrians who seek immigrate in Algeria through this way were suspected of being Islamist militants and they are not welcome.

“We have hosted 50,000 Syrians in the past few years for humanitarian reasons,” he said, referring to refugees who fled of the civil war. “But we cannot welcome armed members who flee from Syria for security reasons.”

He said that about 100 people had arrived to the southern border with the help of local armed escorts within the past few weeks but had been spotted and expelled shortly after infiltrating into Algeria.

“These Syrians arrived via airports in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Niger or Mali using fake Sudanese passports,” he said.

Algeria has kept its diplomatic relations with Syria throughout the crisis, where Syrians do not need visas to enter it

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