"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Sunday, February 05, 2017

Syrians in Lebanon Resume Travel to U.S. as Ban Blocked- Naharnet

Syrian nationals began flying out of Beirut on Sunday en route to the United States after a U.S. court placed a temporary block on President Donald Trump's contentious travel ban.
Trump's January 27 executive order prevented entry into the U.S. for refugees and travelers from seven mainly Muslim nations, including Syria.
But after a federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked the decision, citizens from the targeted countries began preparing once again to travel.
"Starting on Sunday, airlines operating out of the airport began allowing citizens from the seven countries... to travel to the United States," Lebanon's National News Agency reported.
"A number of Syrian families with official documents allowing them to enter the United States left (Beirut), heading to the U.S. via Arab and European nations," the state agency said.
There are no direct flights between Lebanon and the United States.
A source from Lebanon's Middle East Airlines confirmed to AFP on Sunday that citizens of the seven banned countries would be allowed to board their flights from Beirut to a transit country.