Over 150,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon: UN
Publisher: Xinhua News Agency
Author: Salah Takieddine
Story date: 09/12/2012
Language: English

BEIRUT, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) – There are over 150,000 Syrian refugees who have fled the bloody conflict in their home country for Lebanon, UN figures showed Saturday.

"There are around 109,000 refugees formally registered within the agency and 41,000 others currently contacting it to be registered," according to a statement released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

The statement pointed out that a large number of the Syrian refugees are stationed in northern Lebanon, where their numbers reached around 55,872, while 44,178 are in Bekaa and 9,031 in the capital Beirut and the south.

The agency meanwhile said that it is discussing ways to safeguard the Syrians, who are now in the northern city of Tripoli, amid the recent incidents that erupted between opponents and supporters of President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miqati said last week after a meeting for donor countries that the government had placed a clear work plan that caters to the different needs of the displaced Syrians. The plan was hailed by the UN statement.

Miqati said that a total of nearly 180 million U.S. dollars have been provided to the Syrian refugees in Lebanon by various concerned ministries.

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