842,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon: UN

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 17, 2013 04:20 hrs

Beirut, Dec 17 (IANS) The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has reached 842,000, a report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Monday.

It charged that the aid agencies and the Lebanese government had pledged $1.7 billion to meet the needs of the Syrian refugees, but it has so far only received $842 million, reported Xinhua.

The report also said that the northeastern Bekaa region in Lebanon witnessed a large influx of Syrian refugees due to the intense battles ongoing in the border areas there.

Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati Monday called on the international community to continue its support to the Beirut government and pleaded for an additional $1.85 billion to help his country shoulder the burden of the refugees.

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