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Lebanon harboring over 375,000 Syrian refugees: report

English.news.cn   2013-03-25 06:22:47            

BEIRUT, March 24 (Xinhua) -- There are currently over 375,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a weekly rise of about 18,000, the UN Higher Refugees Council said in a report Sunday.

More than 238,000 refugees have been already registered in various offices of the agency throughout Lebanon, while some 136, 000 are in Lebanon and still waiting for finalizing their registration process, said the report.

The refugees are receiving aid from the Lebanese government, UN- affiliated agencies and their partners of non-governmental aid agencies, the report said.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has called on the international community to show commitment and back Lebanon, which is hosting a high number of Syrian refugees that has surpassed 10 percent of Lebanon's own population.

Lebanon has submitted a plan that appeals for offering a financial aid of 370 million U.S. dollars to help the country deal with the Syrian refugees.

Syria has been witnessing unrest for over two years, forcing thousands of Syrians fleeing to neighboring countries.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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