During a meeting on Thursday with the mayors in Akkar region, acting Director-General of the Internal Security Forces, General Roger Salem, said that Lebanon is facing difficulties in dealing with the influx of refugees from Syria and is being left alone to deal with the burden.
He revealed that currently there is more than a million and two hundred thousand displaced Syrians and more than 60 , 000 displace Palestinians from Syria in Lebanon.
“Currently, more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees and over 60 thousand displaced Palestinians from Syria” He said
He added : “The situation is very difficult we need the cooperation of al public and private institutions and communities, including municipalities and civil security forces in order to deal with this situation .”
Salem pointed out that “there is a plan that has been discussed at the presidential palace two days ago to deal with the refugees , but financial support from abroad is virtually non-existent, which means that Lebanon is being left alone to bear the burden. There is the burden of hospitalization and medical services, medicines and the cost of relief and living, especially since we expect the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon to increase during the coming period. ”
Salam did not indicate whether the number of displaced Syrians in Lebanon include the Syrian seasonal workers . Usually there are about 500, 000 to 600,000 Syrian laborers who cross the border to work in agriculture and construction ,.