Lebanon imposes curbs on traveling to Belarus-statement

Passengers wait with their belongings at a hall at Beirut international airport in Beirut, Lebanon November 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

BEIRUT, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Lebanon instructed airlines to limit passengers traveling to Belarus to those having visas, residency permits or Belarusian citizenship, according to a statement by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation seen by Reuters on Thursday.

European countries accuse Minsk of flying in thousands of migrants, mainly from the Middle East, and pushing them to cross the border illegally, as a tactic to punish Europe for sanctions imposed over a Belarusian crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Reporting by Yara Abi Nader and Maha El Dahan, Writing by Yasmin Hussein, Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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