Number of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon surges to 200,000

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees revealed on Saturday that the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has exceeded 195,000, with several thousand not yet registered with the UN refugee agency.

“Around 1,500 refugees are being registered daily,” the UNHCR’s latest weekly report said.

There are currently 70,751 refugees in north Lebanon, 53,351 in the Bekaa and around 15,173 Syrians in Beirut and south Lebanon, according to the agency.

The actual number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon exceeds half a million according to analysts who claim that the majority of the Syrian refugees are staying with their Lebanese relatives and never cared to register.

Lebanon is facing difficulties dealing with the increasingly high number of Syria refugees on its soil, and is suffering severe funding shortage in managing this humanitarian crisis.

The UN refugee agency also noted that the recent storm that lashed Lebanon early this week has obstructed the refugee registration process, and slowed the arrival of humanitarian aid.

The blizzard first hit Lebanon early on Monday, claiming the lives of four people and causing flooding in coastal areas and snowfall in the mountains. The harsh weather also brought miserable conditions for Syria refugees in the country.

“Providing shelter for the Syrian refugees is considered one of the biggest challenges,” the UNHCR report added.

The intense fighting between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebels battling to overthrow him has sparked a huge exodus of Syrians and Palestinians to neighboring countries.

The United Nations has appealed for $1 billion to fund refugee operations until June.

An emergency meeting of the Arab FMs will be held in Cairo on Sunday to discuss support for Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq that host hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who fled the conflict in the country. The meeting, requested by Lebanon, will also discuss the financial crisis the Palestinian Authority is facing as Israel withheld tax money it collects on behalf of the Palestinians after Palestinians won an upgrade of Palestine’s status at the United Nations to an observer, non-member state.

Also high on the agenda is a United Nations decision to defer a conference to rid the Middle East from nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction, which was due to take place in Helsinki last December.

kuwait meeting

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman will head the Lebanese delegation at a Kuwaiti summit for donor countries, which will be held at the end of January

to tackle the case of refugees heading to Lebanon from Syria.

  • guss043

    we are 20 time smaller that Syria and in the civil war we stayed in our country, why the hell they are leaving their country in war time, we did immigrate mainly after the war. Why the Saudis they dont take them since they are giving them arms to fight ,I am not talking to stop them but I see no reason they must be areas where it is safe in such big country.These Saudid just give money but allow no palestinian refugees or syrain such a selfish nation , and the silly Jordan put them in the desert with the snakes around them 

  • guss043

    we are 20 time smaller that Syria and in the civil war we stayed in our country, why the hell they are leaving their country in war time, we did immigrate mainly after the war. Why the Saudis they dont take them since they are giving them arms to fight ,I am not talking to stop them but I see no reason they must be areas where it is safe in such big country.These Saudid just give money but allow no palestinian refugees or syrain such a selfish nation , and the silly Jordan put them in the desert with the snakes around them 

  • “in the civil war we stayed in our country, why the hell they are leaving
    their country in war time, we did immigrate mainly after the war.”

    The majority of Lebanese emigrated DURING the war! Are you seriously trying to tell us that people stayed in Lebanon during war and only left when it was peaceful????

    ” In 1994, the Lebanese government estimated there were 15.4 million
    Lebanese immigrants worldwide with 43.2% living in Brazil(1996) and
    26.1% of these residing in the USA.”
    “There are approximately 4 million Lebanese in Lebanon.”

    • guss043

      Am talking about the period of 1975 ‘the millions you are refeering about are from 1860 and before.During the civil war there was no exodus like one we are seeing with the syrians.It is true there was immigration all time from 1975 but was sporadic and mainly for people who couldnt afford to stay economicaly, but the fact lebanon is seaparated in a sectarian way geographically ( so is syria )we didnt need to run. Living in achrafieh myself and the family we didnt need to run when isabet al Plo and Isabet al mourabitoun and whatever gangs existed on the west side shelled us. We fought back and beat the crap ut of them.I left yes after the war as i was disgusted with what the mad man aoun did.and so is most christian left with aoun war. There was not a time except in 1983 when moslems of west beirut run with israeli surrounding beirut to syria and many to christian area but in civil war there was no mass exodus like the syrian are doing 2 million out of the counyry already in turkey and jordan.they should stay and fight otherwise the fanatic moslem gangs that are beheading people are going to run their country or will become a hell with al kaeda. Al nousra or whatever garbage the saudis and katari are sending.Hope this clarify my point as i wasnt debating lebanese historial immigration, also i doubt very much the figure u gave especially in brazil.they are immaginary figures

      • patriotss

        fanatic muslim gangs that are beheading people are going to run their country or will become a hell with AL Qaeda. Al nousra or whatever garbage the saudi and katari are sending

        what you have said above is true

  • “in the civil war we stayed in our country, why the hell they are leaving
    their country in war time, we did immigrate mainly after the war.”

    The majority of Lebanese emigrated DURING the war! Are you seriously trying to tell us that people stayed in Lebanon during war and only left when it was peaceful????

    ” In 1994, the Lebanese government estimated there were 15.4 million
    Lebanese immigrants worldwide with 43.2% living in Brazil(1996) and
    26.1% of these residing in the USA.”
    “There are approximately 4 million Lebanese in Lebanon.”

    • guss043

      Am talking about the period of 1975 ‘the millions you are talking about are From 1860 and before.During the civil war there was no exodus liie the what the syrian are doing.true there was immigration all time but the fact lebanon is seaparated in a sectarian way we didnt need to run. Living in achrafieh mysel i didnt need to run when the Plo and mourabitoun gangs shelled us. We fought back and beat the crap out of them.i left yes after the war as i was disgusted with aoun and what he did.most christian left with aoun war. There was not a time except in 1983 when moslems of west beirut run with israeli surrounding beirut to syria and many to christian area but in civil war there was no mass exodus like the syrian are doing 2 million out of the counyry already in turkey and jordan.they should stay and fight otherwise the ganatic moslem gangs that are beheading peple are going to run their country ot will become a hell with al kaeda. Al nousra or whatever garbage the saudis and katari are sending.Hope this coarify your questions i wasnt debating lebanese historial immigration also i doubt very much the figure u gave especiaaly in brazil.they are immaginary figures

      • patriotss

        fanatic muslim gangs that are beheading people are going to run their country or will become a hell with AL Qaeda. Al nousra or whatever garbage the saudi and katari are sending

        what you have said above is true

  • why the hell the are allowing them to cross over lebanon a small country plus we don;t need any more rubbish the damps are full shove them somewhere else saudi any other shit arab country why do always have to pay the bills

    • 5thDrawer

      Because Assad thinks you’re Syrian property … as do a few other idiots.

    • patriotss

      well said

  • why the hell the are allowing them to cross over lebanon a small country plus we don;t need any more rubbish the damps are full shove them somewhere else saudi any other shit arab country why do always have to pay the bills

    • 5thDrawer

      Because Assad thinks you’re Syrian property … as do a few other idiots.

    • patriotss

      well said

  • guss043

    On the long run the foreigners will exceed Lebanon population

  • guss043

    Saudi ,Qatari send your ship and take them , not only sending arms to al Kaeda and Nousra come and pick the refugees frigin hypocrites , dont have even one single palestinian refugee camp exist in these gulf countries who just accumulate wealth and come enjoy Russian prostitutes in Lebanon

  • 5thDrawer

    Too bad the UN can’t help the Leb citizens getting hypothermia and flu in their unheated un-electrified apartments while on the edge of starvation. But then, there never was a ‘food bank’.

  • 5thDrawer

    Too bad the UN can’t help the Leb citizens getting hypothermia and flu in their unheated un-electrified apartments while on the edge of starvation. But then, there never was a ‘food bank’.