Over 212,000 Syrian Refugees Currently in Lebanon, UNHCR


syrian refugees cross into LebanonThe United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Saturday that the number of Syrians and Palestinians who have fled  to Lebanon  from Syria  is over 212,000.

“More than 212,000 Syrian refugees are now getting protection and aid from the Lebanese government, the UN and organizations interested in the care and relief of refugees,” said the UNHCR. “Most of the refugees came from Homs, Idlib, Aleppo and Damascus.”

The UNHCR said that it continues to register around 1500 refugees every day.

The UNHCR pointed out: “This number is the highest since the eruption of Syria’s conflict”.

The statement detailed that the majority of refugees reside in the north of Lebanon with their number reaching 73,970. Meanwhile, 56,284 refugees are in the Bekaa and 17,404 are spread between Beirut and the South.

Of these refugees, 147,000 are registered while the names of 64,000 others will be listed soon.

UNHCR revealed that more offices will be established to ease the registration process.

Lebanon appealed last Sunday to The Arab League  for $180 million from Arab countries to help it meet the Syrian refugee influx

The Arab League decided to send a team to Syria’s neighboring countries to assess the status of refugees ahead of a donor conference in Kuwait on January 30.

Syria is witnessing a violent uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, which has so far killed more than 60,000 people since its outbreak in March 2011, according to figures released by the United Nations.