Addressing the winter needs of Syrian refugees

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A Syrian refugee woman holds her child in Jordan’s Zaátri camp, where the needs are many. © UNHCR/S.Malkawi

A senior UN official has met with Lebanon's Prime Minister to discuss international and financial arrangements for the growing number of Syrian refugees as winter approaches.

Derek Plumbly, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati in Beirut on Monday.

Gerry Adams reports.

Derek Plumbly thanked Lebanon for honouring its humanitarian obligations and told reporters following the meeting that the coordination between the government, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations in addressing the needs of the refugees is close.

Mr. Plumbly also noted that the United Nations recently launched an updated financial appeal for nearly $488 million to assist the rapidly increasing numbers of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey.

An earlier appeal in March projected an estimated 100,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2012 – but the latest UNHCR estimates project that the number could now reach 700,000.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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