UNHCR: 180,000 Syrian Refugees Receiving Assistance in Lebanon

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The number of Syrian refugees receiving assistance from the Lebanese government,the United Nations and non-governmental organizations has reached over 180,000.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees announced in its weekly report on Monday that 132,354 have been registered while 47,751 are awaiting registration.

Through registration centers in Tripoli, Beirut, the Bekaa and south Lebanon, UNHCR registers approximately 1,500 refugees daily, it said.

The report mentioned the Lebanese government’s decision last week to take a series of measures to assist the refugees.

Among other things the plan calls for urging the Arab League and international organizations to hold extraordinary meetings to highlight the situation of the refugees and for friendly countries to share with Lebanon the burden of the funding.

Among the measures included in the plan are the registration of all the refugees to ensure that they receive aid.

Last month, the U.N. appealed for $1.5 billion to help Syrians fleeing the fighting between government troops and rebels, warning that the number of refugees in neighboring countries could double to a million by June.

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