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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Syrian Refugees Arriving in Lebanon

As the fighting in Syria has intensified, especially in the capital city of Damascus, people have been getting out.and heading towards Lebanon (keep in mind that only about 50 miles separate Beirut from Damascus). The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that in the past 48 hours about 30,000 people have fled to Lebanon. These refugees are in addition to the thousands of people displaced within Syria, including many Iraqi refugees who had fled to Syria from the war in Iraq. Lebanon, too, already has thousands of Iraqi refugees.

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