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842,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon: UN

IANS | Last Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 10:21

Beirut: The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has reached 842,000, a report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Monday.
It charged that the aid agencies and the Lebanese government had pledged $1.7 billion to meet the needs of the Syrian refugees, but it has so far only received $842 million, reported Xinhua.

The report also said that the northeastern Bekaa region in Lebanon witnessed a large influx of Syrian refugees due to the intense battles ongoing in the border areas there.

Lebanon`s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati Monday called on the international community to continue its support to the Beirut government and pleaded for an additional $1.85 billion to help his country shoulder the burden of the refugees.

First Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 10:21

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