BEIRUT, Oct 8 (KUNA) -- The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has surged
into more than 85,200, the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees
(UNHCR) said on Monday.
The Syrian refugees, mostly in northern Lebanon and Bekaa, are receiving
aid through the efforts exerted by the Lebanese state and its UN and
non-governmental organization partners, said a report issued by UNHCR.
According to the report, an estimate of 1,000 people have crossed into the
northeastern border town of Wadi Khaled from Damascus, Homs and Aleppo last
The report revealed that the commission will begin the process of official
registration on October 22 at the headquarters of Caritas in the vicinity of
the coastal city of Saida, expecting the current number of refugees in the
south to reach 10,000.
In addition, UNHCR expects the current tally of Syrian refugees in Lebanon
to leap to 120,000 by the end of 2012.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 30,000
people have been killed since the bloodshed started in Syria in 2011. (end)
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