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Southern Border Closed To Syrians Over Jihadist Concerns

January 03 2019


Algeria is refusing entry to Syrian migrants crossing its southern borders with Niger and Mali, reports Reuters. 

The move is necessary to keep suspected militants from entering, the top migration policy official in the Algerian Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. 

Syrians seeking refuge in Algeria via the southern border are suspected of being Islamist militants and would not be welcome, he said. Algeria experienced a bloody civil war with jihadist groups in the 1990s.

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