Violence halts UNHCR operation in Lebanon

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A Syrian mother and her son, refugees in Lebanon

The recent spate of insecurity and growing tensions in Lebanon has forced the UN refugee agency to temporarily halt the registration of Syrian refugees in the country.

Lebanese cities affected by the suspension include the capital Beirut, Tripoli, Akar and Saida in the south.

UNHCR says the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has now reached over 101,000 with more than 5,500 registered last week.

Melissa Fleming of UNHCR says the organization is assessing the security situation and hopes to resume all operations as soon as conditions allow.

"For the time being we have no plans to change how we operate inside Lebanon, there has just been this temporary halt of registration that we hope will resume very soon. What the refugees tell us in Lebanon- none of them are living in refugee camps, they are living in the local communities, and they are struggling to make ends meet. Because they do live on the open economy and they complain of high prices. It is four weeks since we launched the Syria regional response plan and we are only about one third funded."

Duration 33"

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