Syria crisis: Lebanon counting on World bank for aid


The World Bank president says his staff is doing a rush assessment of the impact of the Syrian conflict on Lebanon to prepare the ground for a new wave of international aid.

Jim Kim told The Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday that the Lebanese government asked for the quick assessment and the World Bank made a “very intensive effort” to get it done in a few weeks. It will be presented during a Sept. 25 meeting of an international support group for Lebanon at the United Nations General Assembly later this month.

Lebanon is hoping the assessment will underpin its request for aid from individual donor countries and international agencies. It will look at the impact of the conflict on tourism, trade, health, education and Lebanese citizens.