Syrians flock to the Masnaa border to vote in Syria presidential election, Tuesday June 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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By early afternoon, General Security sources estimated that 6,600 Syrian voters had crossed into Syria.Bashar Assad is running for his third term as president of Syria, amid a civil war that is now in its four year and estimated to have killed 200,000 people and displaced millions. The voting at the Syrian Embassy was widely criticized in Lebanon, with several figures saying the scene was more of a demonstration in support of the Assad regime than an exercise in democracy.Shortly after the first round of voting, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said security concerns prompted the Lebanese government to amend its policy for Syrians. It is unclear what effect Lebanon revoking refugee status would have, since Lebanon is not a signatory to the international refugee convention and does not actually recognize refugee status.Ibrahim Ramadan, a 51-year-old Syrian from Aleppo, said he had been in Lebanon for one month looking for work.
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