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Saturday 30 August 2014

Million Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Published 03/04/2014 | 08:22

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Lebanese boys on the debris of a destroyed cement barrier that was used by Sunni fighters (AP)

The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has exceeded a million, the UN says, calling it a "devastating milestone" for the tiny Arab country with depleted resources and an explosive sectarian mix of its own.

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Three years after Syria's conflict started, Lebanon has become the country with the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide, struggling to cope with a massive crisis that has become an unprecedented challenge for aid agencies.

Syria's sectarian war has frequently spilled over into Lebanon, with deadly clashes between factions supporting opposing sides in the fighting next door.

Refugee agency the UNHCR said the million Syrians are a huge burden for Lebanon, which has 4.5 million people.

The agency registers 2,500 new refugees daily in Lebanon - more than one per minute.

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