Syrian Refugees Hit Hard by Snowstorm 12/11 07:30
BEIRUT (AP) -- The United Nations refugee agency says it is "extremely
concerned" for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees scattered across the
region amid a snow storm with high winds and torrential rains.
Dana Sleiman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says the agency is
working "harder than ever" to protect more than 800,000 Syrian refugees in
Lebanon from the winter weather that hit Wednesday.
The storm pushed temperatures below freezing and dumped snow on northern
Lebanon and some areas of the Bekaa Valley, which is dotted with informal
Sleiman said at least 80,000 Syrians in Lebanon will spend the winter in
flimsy tents with often only a plastic sheet covering the ground. She said the
Lebanese army is helping distribute emergency kits, including blankets and