@MinInteriorCY (Twitter) | Picture-alliance/dpa/F.Heinz Home Latest News Lebanon News On Tuesday, Lebanon’s chief of General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, was in Cyprus to meet with Cypriot Interior Minister, Nicos Nouris. In the meeting, Lebanon and Cyprus agreed to cooperate more closely and strengthen efforts to tackle the illegal sea crossings from Lebanon to Cyprus. The #Republic of #Cyprus and #Lebanon reaffirmed today their firm willingness to implement the Agreement between the two countries on irregular #Migration and to coordinate their efforts, within the framework of the international law, to prevent irregular arrivals. pic.twitter.com/KUvYi8YTBy— Υπουργείο Εσωτερικών (@MinInteriorCY) October 6, 2020 Over the past two months, more than a dozen boats set off the Lebanese coasts for Cyprus carrying Lebanese nationals, Syrian refugees, and even migrant workers from Bangladesh or India. All fleeing the decaying situation in Lebanon in search for a better life. In the meeting, Nouris denied the allegations of the Human Rights Watch that Cyprus threatened and beat the migrants who arrived in Cyprus illegally. Cyprus was accused of not taking in asylum-seekers. Rather it sent them back or left them at see, notably, with basic necessities to keep them hydrated and fed. F’or many others, however, the journey was their last. Migrants detected by Turkish Naval Task Group, operating offshore Lebanon in TCG Bozcaada Corvette, are rescued in coordination with #UNIFIL, #Lebanon. (AA) https://t.co/xFTbJUxzjL pic.twitter.com/uBgU6qor9Y— POW photos (@pow_photos) September 17, 2020 After paying hefty fees to smugglers, migrants set sail aboard unsafe, crowded boats – death boats – only to get stranded in the middle of the sea without food, water, or any of their belongings. Smugglers seemingly abandoned them, taking their money and possessions. Stranded for days on end, dozens have died aboard these dangerous sea crossings, including infants. Tragically, many deceased bodies have been washing up to shore. Even after these stories of death, people are still risking their lives to get out of Lebanon. Just days ago, the Lebanese army stopped 37 people, including women and children, from fleeing to Cyprus. إحباط عملية تهريب أشخاص عبر البحر#الجيش_اللبناني #LebaneseArmyhttps://t.co/0c6ZpeeBz2 pic.twitter.com/2gXxVgXzOO— الجيش اللبناني (@LebarmyOfficial) October 4, 2020 To officially put an end to these illegal crossings, both Lebanese and Cypriot authorities, along with naval forces, agreed to intercept any future migrant boats leaving the coast of Lebanon. Both countries will also seek assistance from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex.