The Interior Ministry asked Syrian refugees in Lebanon to refrain from returning to Syria, and said those who do return after June 1 will risk losing their refugee status. Mahmoud Hayek, a Hezbollah official reportedly killed in Syria, was sentenced in absentia to hard labor and life in prison for trying to assassinate Minister Butros Harb in 2013. Two people were injured when an IED detonated in a car in Arsal. Efforts to free seven Lebanese and two Syrian bishops kidnapped by armed groups in Syria are said to be still ongoing.
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