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UNHCR: 5,238 Syrian refugees now in Lebanon
14 January 2012
BEIRUT: Two wounded Syrians were transferred to Tripoli’s public hospital from the border by Lebanese Red Cross ambulances Friday, according to the National News Agency, as the latest figures from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees show that 200 Syrians have registered with the agency in Lebanon in the last week alone.
The two wounded Syrians, identified as Saleh A.B. and Yahya Kh.R., entered Lebanon through the northeastern borders with Syria. The United Nations estimates that over 5,000 people have been killed in Syria since the crackdown on anti-government protesters began last March.
The weekly report from the UNHCR states that, according to their estimates, over 150 wounded Syrians have been treated in various hospitals in Lebanon since the beginning of the influx.
Most of the refugees, the report states, are residing with host families in “difficult circumstances.”
A UNHCR shelter expert will arrive in north Lebanon Sunday, the report says, to “evaluate approximately five abandoned structures for their suitability as collective shelters.”
Elsewhere Friday, heavy rain forced worshippers at the Hamza Mosque in the Qibbeh neighborhood of the northern city of Tripoli to cancel their weekly demonstration in support of Syria’s uprising.
Around 150 held a sit-in in the mosque instead, including members of the Tripoli Coordination Committee.
Delivering Friday’s sermon, Sheikh Zakaria Masri lashed out at Hezbollah, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Syria’s ruling Baath Party and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Dawa Party.© Copyright The Daily Star 2012.
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