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943,000 Syrian refugees registered
Receiving support from UNHCR, UNICEF
and ministries
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The total number of Syrian refugees accounted for around 943,000, according to the latest report issued last week by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). More than 46,000 refugees registered during the last month.

Syrian refugees are distributed across all mohafazat. About 260,000 refugees are in North Lebanon, 246,000 refugees in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, 320,000 in Bekaa, and 115,000 in South Lebanon.

During the month of February, more than 610,000 Syrian benefited from the electronic vouchers that include food packages offered by the World Food Programme (WFP). The latter funded about $33 million as food vouchers during the last two months. About 92 percent of the refugees received previous aids, and eight percent are new registrants.

According to the report, about 58,000 Syrian refugees received mattresses, blankets, fuel vouchers, and kitchen appliances.

About 31,800 refugees benefited from shelter support, through receiving cash money for rental fees, cash money for the families that hosted refugees, rehabilitation of the collective shelters as well as equipping the shelters to resist difficult weather conditions.

Regarding education, more than 90,000 Syrian students registered in public schools, and about 30,000 students registered in afternoon classes in 79 schools.

The number of refugees that received healthcare services exceeded 29,000. These services include medicine, vaccines, delivery operations, and treatments. They were offered by the Ministry of Public Health and UNHCR.

More than 73,000 people benefited from receiving hygiene and baby vouchers from the UNICEF and UNHCR.

About 600,000 Syrians and locals benefited from community support projects, including power generators and trucks for collecting wastes and transporting water.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and UNICEF provided refugees with all the data concerning the services available and entertainment places. It also provided them with legal consultants and awareness sessions about legal services.

Reported by Rania Ghanem
Date Posted: Mar 04, 2014
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