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SYRIA - LEBANON
In Syria, some 300,000 Christian refugees also fleeing from UN camps
In Syria, Christians are neutral and do not want to be used for photo ops. The United Nations, however, automatically registers them as members of the opposition. The head of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) appeals on behalf of 1,200 families currently helped only by the Church and generous families.
As a cautious calm prevails in Tripoli, casualties from local Sunni-Alawi clashes are counted
Death toll reaches 23 with 167 wounded. As life goes on, schools are closed and soldiers patrol the streets. Fuelling fears of Syrian involvement, National News Agency reports Syrian troops fired on a Lebanese army patrol.
23/08/2012 LEBANON - SYRIA
As the Syrian crisis spreads to Lebanon, violence in Tripoli claims 13 lives
For days, the city has seen violent clashes between Sunnis and pro-Assad Alawis. Yesterday's truce is breached. Lebanese troops are deployed to bring calm. At least, 67 people have been killed in Damascus and other Syrian cities in this morning's shelling.
17/07/2013 SYRIA - LEBANON
For Caritas Lebanon, the tragedy of Syrian refugees is "worsening day by day"
The United Nations has described the Syrian tragedy as "the worst humanitarian crisis since the genocide in Rwanda." This echoes Caritas Lebanon, which told AsiaNews that "the situation in the border areas continues to worsen: epidemics in refugee camps and escalating sectarian clashes."
12/03/2016 13:39:00 LEBANON – SYRIA
IS threatens Lebanese Christians, Hezbollah, as Arab League declares the latter a “terrorist” group
In a video, IS calls on Christians to convert to Islam, urges Sunnis to rise up and impose Islamic law on Lebanon. Hezbollah, which is fighting the al-Nusra Front and IS in Syria, is declared a terrorist group. Arab League and Arab Gulf States also condemn "terrorist" Hezbollah. Riyadh is accused of supporting extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. Iran warns against putting Lebanon’s stability at risk.
30/03/2016 19:52:00 LEBANON - SYRIA
Caritas Lebanon: Easter solidarity in a country in the grip of an economic, political and social crisis
Christians joyfully celebrated the festivity in an atmosphere of growing misery and hardships. The refugee emergency has reached unsustainable levels and "aid is no longer sufficient." During Lent, the Christian charity provided medical care and treatments, and handed out food parcels. For Fr Paul, the international community must stop “the war and the arms trade".
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