Municipality policemen issue warning of eviction to Syrian refugees in Burj al-Shemali in Tyre, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Syrians across Lebanon expressed a sense of foreboding Monday after the beheading of a second Lebanese soldier by Islamist militants heightened tensions across the country.Many Lebanese blame Syrians for the clashes that erupted last month in Arsal, which resulted in the death of 19 members of the Lebanese security forces and the capture of at least 29 more."Arsalis accuse us of being responsible for the clashes ... We rarely go out of our house".Residents of the Bekaa town have welcomed more than 100,000 Syrians, but refugees say that the support they long enjoyed from the local community was abruptly cut off after last month's clashes. "Some Arsalis, they believe that Syrians brought the problems to their town and have kicked us out of their houses".Some refugees said they sympathized with the Lebanese people's outrage. Tensions between Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugees have been brewing for months. In south Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have settled in under-developed areas long neglected by the state.
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