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Over 530,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon

BEIRUT, - The United Nations Higher Council for Refugees said Sunday that the number of Syrians who fled their war-torn country to Lebanon has exceeded 530,000 after an increase of 19,000 in a week.

In its latest report on Syrian refugees, the UN agency said more than 455,000 Syrian refugees have registered with UN offices in Lebanon while over 75,000 others are waiting for their registration process to complete.

The registered refugees are benefiting from aid provided by the UN, the Lebanese government and various nongovernmental aid agencies, according to the report.

The report added 167,900 Syrian refugees have been registered in north Lebanon; 156,500 in the eastern Bekaa region; 77,500 in Beirut and Mount Lebanon and 53,600 in south Lebanon.

Lebanon has called on the international community to help bear its burden of hosting the Syrian refugees, who are expected to exceed 1 million by the end of the year.

Earlier this month, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman sounded the alarm on Lebanon's incapacity of dealing with the rampant spate of displaced Syrians coming into the country.

UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said last month that the number of refugees in Lebanon had surpassed 25 percent of its population and that they were inflicting a huge burden on the government and people of Lebanon.
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