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Lebanon cabinet tackles Syria refugee wave

Lebanese cabinet

The Lebanese cabinet on Wednesday discussed the recent wave of migrants from Syria seeking refuge in Lebanon after an escalation of violence in Damascus’ Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp.

“The cabinet was very interested in discussing the topic of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and it will hold a special session in order to look into this situation and to take procedures that would reduce its risks,” Information Minister Walid al-Daouq told the press following the session.

Prime Minister Najib Miqati was quoted as saying by Daouq that he will not change the position his government has taken from the beginning of the Syrian uprising, saying it is the “right stance that protects Lebanon.”
 
“The government is still fulfilling its humanitarian duty by cooperating with several organizations… However, the increase in the number [of refugees] calls for a new approach on the file.”

The cabinet decided to accept financial donations to help Syrian refugees, the National News Agency reported, adding that the cabinet also approved UN equipment donations to the Internal Security Forces.

Since the weekend, more than 2,000 Palestinians from Yarmuk are estimated to have fled into neighboring Lebanon.

The cabinet also approved a 200 billion LL appropriation to the 2012 state budget to pay interest on the country’s treasury bonds.

Lebanon’s government also accepted a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to finance works on Lebanon’s highways as well as private sector loans in the renewable energy sector.

The Lebanese cabinet discusses on Wednesday the recent wave of migrants seeking refuge in Lebanon from the crisis in Syria. (Dalati & Nohra)

Since the weekend, more than 2,000 Palestinians from Yarmuk are estimated to have fled into neighboring Lebanon.