More Syrians cross into Lebanon

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Syrian refugees are processed at a new UNHCR registration centre in Lebanon

There has been an increase in the number of Syrian refugees crossing into Lebanon, with more than 2,000 arriving there over the last week, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency says that the squeeze on shelter remains one of the major concerns in Lebanon.

It says the refugees are still staying in schools that are supposed to open in a week or two.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva

"We have seen an increase in particular in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa valley over the last week with local charities and authorities reporting about 2,200 people settling in the last seven days. This is about double the recent weekly average. In northern Lebanon the arrivals rate remains steady at about 400 people arriving every week. UNHCR is adding new telephone hotlines to help the increasing number of refugees who are seeking to register across Lebanon."

(Duration: 28")

Adrian Edwards says the tense security situation in Tripoli city in northern Lebanon last week made it difficult for many refugees to make their registration appointments.

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