The crisis in Syria urgently requires a robust development response to complement on-going humanitarian and refugee efforts in the region, senior United Nations officials today said at the start of a meeting in Jordan.

BEIRUT - Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman said the international community is not sufficiently sharing the burden of displaced Syrians with Lebanon.

Beirut (AFP) - More than 400,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon urgently need the international community to step up its assistance, especially ahead of the harsh winter months, the UN Children's Fund said Friday.

Also in urgent need of action are Lebanese and Palestinian children who live in poor, marginalised areas of Lebanon, where public health and education services have become massively overstretched by the refugee crisis.

Friday, 01 November 2013 03:11

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Syrian refugees make up a quarter of Lebanon's population, the country's fragile systems are stretched and tensions are rising. Charities and NGOs are battling to get 70,000 children into schools, and families living in flimsy tents face another harsh challenge – the winter snows are only weeks away

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The United Nations announced Friday its voucher program will help more than 800,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon meet their food needs.

Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman said Friday that the international community was not sufficiently sharing the burden of displaced Syrians with Lebanon.

According to a statement by his media office, Suleiman told the ambassadors of major powers and the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly that the Syrian refugees have put a severe strain on Lebanon's economy and "the participation of countries in sharing this burden is not sufficient", Xinhua reported.

Every day hundreds of refugees arrive at the gates of the High Commissioner for Refugees of the United Nations in Beirut.

While the conflict is confined to their country, the Syrians keep coming to Lebanon to seek refuge. Officially, they are already more than 760,000 who have to be registered or in the process of being registered with UNHCR.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:10

Lebanon seeks help to cope with Syrian influx

Lebanon's President Michel Sleiman has appealed for more assistance to deal with the high number of Syrian refugees living in the country, saying the international community's efforts to date have been insufficient.

"The financial contribution is not enough, and the participation in sharing the number of refugees is not enough," Sleiman said, after meeting representatives from several countries and international organisations, including the Arab League and the European Union.

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