Humanitarian Coordinator on mission to Lebanon and Syria

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Destruction in Salah Ed Din neighbourhood, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

The UN humanitarian chief has underscored the need for greater international support for Lebanon, which is hosting scores of Syrian refugees.

Stephen O'Brien arrived in the country on Friday, where he met with Prime Minister Tamam Salam to discuss the partnership between the government and the UN.

Mr O'Brien is on a five-day visit that will also take him to Syria to see first-hand the impact of nearly five years of continuous fighting.

Dianne Penn reports.

In the meeting with the Lebanese leader, the UN humanitarian chief put on record the international community's recognition of Lebanon's generosity in hosting refugees.

More than one million Syrians who fled the conflict are living there, according to UN figures.

Mr O'Brien said "We all need to work together in partnership to forge a future of stability and hope for the people of Lebanon and for those whom the Lebanese people are hosting.”

The UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, reports that needs in Syria have increased twelve-fold since the crisis began in March 2011.

More than 12 million Syrians require assistance, while four million citizens have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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