Lebanon: Aid for Lebanese returnees fleeing Syrian conflict
17-12-2013 News Release 13/231
Beirut (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has provided urgently needed aid for around 860 Lebanese nationals who fled the conflict in Syria and left all their belongings behind.
Because these people have Lebanese nationality and are now in Lebanon, they are not eligible for aid intended for refugees. They share informal tented settlements with Syrian refugees or are hosted by relatives in Hermel, in north-eastern Lebanon, where the ICRC has provided them with mattresses, blankets, hygiene items, tarpaulins, kitchen sets, jerrycans and one-month rations of food.
"Although these people are Lebanese nationals, they lived in Syria for decades," said the ICRC's Frédéric Dumont. "They were uprooted by the conflict in Syria, and they are enduring the same harsh living conditions as Syrian refugees. Obviously, then, they need the same assistance."
Assistance will also be provided for returning Lebanese families in other parts of Hermel and in the Bekaa region, including in Mashari' el Qaa, Ras Baalbeck, and the Beirut suburb of Borj Hammoud. "Needs have also been identified in other towns, where aid will be arriving shortly," said Mr Dumont.
For the past two and a half years, the ICRC has been bringing aid to people suffering the effects of the Syrian conflict. It has also been providing host communities with support to help them cope with the influx of refugees.
For further information, please contact:
Samar el Kadi, ICRC Beirut, tel. +961 70 153 928