Over 70,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon get food aid from UN agencyListen /
More than 70,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon are getting food assistance from the World Food Programme, according to the head of the agency Ertharin Cousin.
Ms. Cousin spoke in Beirut on Wednesday at the end of her visit to Lebanon on the first stop of a three-day regional trip to see first-hand the increasing humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries.
Ms. Cousin met with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati to thank them and the people of Lebanon for their generosity to the refugees.
She said the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon continues to increase as the situation evolves in their country.
"There are right now over 100,000 refugees. We are providing immediate assistance to those who are unregistered. We are providing vouchers to some 70,000 plus refugees here in Lebanon. This operation was a start up operation for us. We did not have an operation in Lebanon since 2006 but because the needs were continuing to escalate we quickly scaled up."
Ms. Cousin, who is on her first mission to the Middle East since she became the Executive Director of WFP in April this year, says that 75 per cent of the Syrian refugees are women and children.