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UNHCR begins reconstruction after fire in camp kills seven kids

Reconstruction began over the weekend at an informal tented settlement for Syrian refugees in Western Bekaa after a devastating fire left seven children dead and dozens of shelters destroyed. The children were killed when a fire, believed to have been caused by a faulty a gas cylinder, tore through 30 tents Thursday, the U.N. refugee agency said. Two adults and an eighth child are being treated for injuries, according to the UNHCR. Much like the existing settlement, the new tents will be made of wood and plastic sheeting atop concrete bases. But Josep Zapater, head of the UNHCR office in…

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Fire at refugee settlement in West Bekaa kills eight

A fire caused by a gas cylinder explosion killed or injured over 10 people, the majority of them children, in a Syrian refugee settlement near Ghazzeh in Western Bekaa Thursday. The state-run National News Agency cited the Civil Defense as saying that eight people were killed and four injured in the fire. Hady Mghammes, who works with the NGO Beyond Association and was on the scene, said the number of casualties could increase and that “over 30 tents” burned down. Source & Link: The Daily Star

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Sylviane Zehil

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Lazzarini à L’OLJ L’avenir des réfugiés syriens sera dans leur pays

La communauté internationale pèsera-t-elle de tout son poids pour soutenir les efforts de stabilisation du pays du Cèdre ? Philippe Lazzarini, coordonnateur spécial adjoint des Nations unies pour le Liban, coordonnateur de l'action humanitaire et représentant résident du Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD) au Liban, qui a présenté jeudi dernier aux membres du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU un bilan détaillé sur la mise en œuvre de la résolution 1701 (2006), met en exergue, dans un entretien accordé à L'Orient-Le Jour au Palais de verre, la solidarité « unanime de la communauté internationale à soutenir et à…

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Refugee families leave Lebanon back to Syria

Several Syrian refugee families Saturday departed Lebanon at dawn to the Asal al-Ward area in northeast of Damascus along the Syrian–Lebanese border, the Lebanese Army announced in a statement. The military said in a statement that the Syrian families left the makeshift camps in the northeastern border town of Arsal in a convoy of 30 civilian vehicles. They were accompanied by the Lebanese Army until the last military checkpoint on the outskirts of the area, The army said that the departure follows a "high interest of the families" to return to their homeland. Local media reported that the convoy comprised…

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Sandra Noujeim

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Retour des déplacés privilégier l’ONU comme partenaire plutôt que Damas

Au raid de l'armée vendredi dernier dans un camp de déplacés syriens à Ersal, et la contre-offensive terroriste à laquelle elle a fait face, a succédé une polémique politique qui pourrait s'exacerber demain en Conseil des ministres. L'objet de cette polémique n'est pas nouveau : il ramène la question litigieuse de savoir si les autorités libanaises doivent ou non mener des négociations directes avec le régime syrien pour sécuriser graduellement un retour des déplacés. Toutes les parties politiques libanaises ayant toujours été naturellement consentantes à ce retour, le plus dur reste d'obtenir un consensus sur ses modalités. Il faut savoir…

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Joseph Haboush

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Tensions rise as Cabinet postpones talks on Syrian refugees’ return

Despite Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s request to put aside controversial topics during Wednesday’s Cabinet session in Baabda, tensions escalated when the topic of Syrian refugees’ return to their homeland was raised. Minister of State for Planning Michel Pharaon and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Qanso were embroiled in a brief verbal spat after the latter reportedly said there would be no return of refugees if there was no dialogue with the Syrian government. “I told him that it is completely unacceptable to say this and I’m not sure if he was posing a threat or trying to instigate…

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More Syrian detainees referred to the judiciary: Army

A score of Syrian nationals detained by the Lebanese Army last month following a raid in the northeastern town of Arsal have been referred to the judiciary for their involvement in terrorism, the Army said in a statement Monday. The new detainees referred by the Directorate of Intelligence to the relevant judicial authorities for being involved in a terrorist acts brings the current total of referrals to 20, an Army statement said. “And 152 detainees were handed over to the Directorate General of General Security for entering the country illegally, while 23 others were released for lack of evidence [of…

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ISF arrests attackers of Syrian refugee in viral video

A group of men were arrested on suspicion they were behind the filmed assault of a Syrian national in a video that went viral, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk announced in a Twitter Wednesday. “The men who assaulted the Syrian refugee were recently arrested by the [Internal Security Forces’] Intelligence Branch,” Machnouk’s Twitter post read. A grainy video, which surfaced on social media Tuesday and was widely shared, showed a group of men verbally abusing and then beating a Syrian refugee on the street. It was not clear from the footage where and when the assault took place, nor did it…

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Anne-Marie El-Hage

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Le dossier des apatrides refait surface, avec les naissances syriennes non enregistrées

Après avoir été enfoui pendant plusieurs années, le dossier des apatrides refait surface avec la naissance en six ans au Liban de 120 000 petits Syriens environ, dont la grande majorité n'est pas enregistrée. Ces derniers ne sont certes pas apatrides, ils ont une nation. Mais pour être reconnus comme syriens, encore faut-il qu'ils soient enregistrés auprès des autorités libanaises et syriennes, ce qui nécessite non moins de six formalités. Au Liban ou à l'étranger, face à une crise migratoire sans précédent, le dossier est aujourd'hui d'actualité. D'autant que le pays du Cèdre a son propre lot d'apatrides depuis le…

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