Snowstorm hits Lebanon, thousands of Syrian refugees suffer in makeshift shelters

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Syrian refugee children are seen at the entrance of their tent at a refugee camp in Jabaa, a village in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, as a snowstorm hit the country. File photo

ARA News 

BEIRUT – On Friday, a snowstorm hit Lebanon, deepening the suffering of Syrian refugees living in tented settlements and abandoned buildings, local sources said.

Thousands of Syria refugees live in makeshift shelters in Lebanon. 

The snowstorm adds to the woes of the refugees, as most of them lack winter supplies despite the efforts of the U.N. agencies. 

“The freezing winter and the snowstorms make the lives of Syrians in those makeshift shelters harder,” Abu Ahmed, a Syrian refugee and father of four, told ARA News.

“The inability of the international community to cover our needs has led thousands of Syrian refugees flee to Europe. If the Western world would see how we suffer under those tents they will recognize why we seek a better place to take shelter in,” Abu Ahmed said. “I don’t know how long I could survive with my family in this situation.”

Lebanese state media reported that Friday’s snowstorm has led to the closure of main roads across the country.

At least 1 million Syrian refugees live in Lebanon, half of them live in tented settlements and abandoned buildings, lacking basic supplies of food and clothing.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

Source: ARA News 

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