The Lebanese army has started destroying Syrian refugee settlements in the country’s northeast on Monday, as the governments ultimatum has expired.

The government had given refugees in the village of Arsal until July 1 to demolish all shelters made of materials other than timber and plastic sheeting.

Military units moved into several concentration camps in Arsal and “demolished at least 20 homes,” aid groups said. An estimated 15,000 people, including at least 7,500 children, could be affected by the demolition operations.

Lebanese security source said that demolition has started, adding that only four empty concrete houses had been destroyed.

Lebanon, a country of some 4 million people, hosts between 1.5 and 2 million Syrians.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.

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Time to return to Syria?