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The ICRC in Lebanon

An ICRC delegate gathers vital information about a missing person from their mother.

The ICRC has been present in Lebanon since 1967, where it continues to address the humanitarian problems arising from the internal and international conflicts of the last 45 years. It visits people deprived of their liberty, helps restore contact between separated family members, supports the families of missing persons in having their needs addressed, and helps local partners prepare for emergencies. Alongside other humanitarian organizations, the ICRC has been helping deal with the influx of refugees arriving in Lebanon from Syria. It also provides logistical support to ICRC relief operations inside Syria.

Facts and Figures

In 2013:


  • We covered the cost of treatment for 835 Syrian refugees with weapon-related injuries and fitted 33 Syrian casualties of the fighting with artificial limbs. 
  • 143 hospital staff underwent training in how to deal with mass casualties and 57 surgeons learned about war-wound-management.
  • 12 medical facilities received medical supplies, benefiting more than 2,400 patients.
  • The Lebanese Red Cross provided 3,180  blood units for patients from Syria with financial assistance from the ICRC.

Food and other aid

  • More than 34,000 refugees from Syria received aid, including 15,000 Palestinians from camps in Syria.


  • We improved access to water in areas hosting Syrian refugees in north Lebanon and the Bekaa valley, to the benefit of more than 230,000 people, including some 37,650 refugees.

Publications More publications

  • Principles in action in Lebanon

    This case study demonstrates how crucial the application of the Fundamental Principles, in tandem with uniform strategies based on the Safer Access Framework, has been in making it safer for the LRC to provide emergency medical services throughout Lebanon.