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article imageBritain offers Lebanon aid to deal with influx of Syrian refugees

By Paul Iddon     Jul 16, 2013 in Politics
Britain's Ambassador to Lebanon, Tom Fletcher, has announced that his country will provide Hezbollah with financial assistance to help it cope with its instability and the large influx of Syrian refugees that have arrived there.
Naharnet reports that upon concluding a meeting with the Lebanese President Michel Suleiman at the Baabda Palace Mr. Fletcher pledged to supply Lebanon with $20 million worth of aid in order to enhance its army's abilities and another fund of $75 million to help the Lebanese state deal with the Syrian refugees that have arrived in Lebanon to seek shelter from the destructive war raging across their country.
Mr. Fletcher heaped praise upon the Lebanese president for maintaining stability across his increasingly unstable state. He says Britain will exert all its efforts to keep Lebanon stable and neutralize it from the destructive influences of the increasingly-sectarian nature of the neighboring war in Syria.
According to the United Nations more than 600,000 Syrian refugees are currently living in Lebanon.
The Globe and Mail today had a report which quoted the United Nations citing statistics which shows the rate of Syrian civilians fleeing their war torn country is at a rate not as high since the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The average fleeing their country a day this year is a staggering 6,000.
Around 800,000 Rwandans fled their following the melee that was the Rwandan genocide which claimed the lives of 800,000 Tutsis there. In Syria 100,000 civilians have been lost and at least 1.8 million have fled to neighboring Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon. Over 4.2 million still trapped in the country have been displaced and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
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