More than 20,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon

The number of Syrian refugees present in Lebanon exceeded 20,000 people, reported the Vatican Radio quoted the bureau chief of the Catholic association Caritas in Beirut, Simon Faddoul on Friday.

The organization reported that the actual number of refugees is twice the figures announced by the UN, which count only 9,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

According M.Faddoul, many of them refuse to be photographed and did not want their personal data being recorded, fearing reprisals against their relatives in Syria.

Among the refugees, “physically and morally exhausted”, are both Christians and Muslims, reports M.Faddoul.

According to official data, Jordan, Lebanon and neighboring Syria, has nearly 80,000 Syrians since mid-March 2011. Most of these people live with relatives and did not register as refugees.

Previously, international media reported that the UN and its humanitarian partners have appealed to donor countries to provide $ 84 million to meet the needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

Since mid-March 2011, Syria has been rocked by a powerful protest movement against the regime. According to UN estimates, the suppression of the revolt would have already killed more than 8,000 dead. In addition, more than 2,000 police and Syrian military were killed by insurgents.

Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH) for its part considers that the total death toll has reached 9,000 people in one year.

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