1.2 million Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, ISF


General Roger Salem

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 ,.