Lebanon may need camps for flood of Syrian refugees: U.N.

Lebanon should consider setting up transit centers to absorb the waves of refugees fleeing neighboring Syria and may have to establish formal refugee camps if the influx continues, a United Nations refugee official said. The tiny and fragile Mediterranean state already hosts 260,000 refugees – equivalent to 6.5 percent of its population – and has […]

Nearly quarter million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees announced in its weekly report that the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has now exceeded 242,000 The report added that only about 165,000 refugees are registered with the refugee agency, while the others are still waiting to conclude the registration process. “The number of refugees in Lebanon […]

President Obama addresses the Syrian people via Video

US President Barack Obama released a video statement to the Syrian people attesting to the U.S. commitment to their humanitarian needs amid fresh reports of civilian killings by the Assad regime. The three-minute video with Arabic subtitles was circulated today by the White House in connection with a U.S. announcement of $155 mill

Donor conference seeks $1.5 bln for Syrian refugees

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates pledged $300 million each to help fund humanitarian efforts for millions of Syrians affected by nearly two years of conflict. In his opening speech at the aid donor conference, Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said that “horrifying reports” of violence had raised