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Syrian stranded in Malaysian airport for weeks

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

A Syrian man said he has been stranded at the main airport serving the Malaysian capital for over a month after being denied entry to several countries, and begged for help to escape.

has posted videos on describing his plight, which began when he arrived at the budget terminal of International Airport 37 days ago.

He had planned to travel from to Ecuador, where he hoped he would be allowed in without a visa, but was turned away from the flight to the South American country despite having a ticket.

The 36-year-old was also barred from entering Cambodia, and neither has he been allowed back into -- leaving him stuck in the terminal's transit lounge.

"I feel lonely, weak, unwanted and rejected. No one is accepting me," he said in a post.

"I do not know what to do. I contacted almost all the human rights organisations. They came back to me and they said they are unable to help.

"They do not have a solution. I do not have a solution." Kontar added that he was unable to return to as he was wanted by authorities for having refused to serve in the military.

A civil war has been raging in for the past seven years, leaving more than 350,000 people dead.

His case is reminiscent of the 2004 film "The Terminal," in which plays a man who finds himself stuck in a New York airport after his government collapses, rendering his papers useless.

Reports said Kontar had been working in the but was deported to in January 2017.

However he overstayed a three-month tourist visa and is now blacklisted, so cannot re-enter the country.

He reportedly flew to but was refused entry before being sent back to airport on March 7.

He has been stuck in the budget terminal ever since, surviving on donated and washing in the airport toilets.

A for the refugee agency said the body was "aware of this case and have reached out to the individual and the authorities". Immigration authorities declined to comment.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 19:40 IST
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