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Lebanese Prime Minister Claims Lebanon Close to "Breaking Point" From Housing Syrian Refugees

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has warned that his country is close to "breaking point" due to strains of hosting more than one million Syrian refugees, fearing that unrest could escalate due to tensions between refugees and local communities.

Speaking to foreign media on Friday, Hariri said: "Today, if you go around most of the host communities, there is huge tension between the Lebanese and the Syrians ... I fear civil unrest."

The remarks came as the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said in a report that the number of refugees who have fled the civil war in Syria since it broke out in 2011, now exceeds five million.

Refugees from Syria make up about a quarter of Lebanon's population. They mostly live in informal camps across the country, some, in severe poverty.


  • I had no idea refugees made up a quarter of Lebanon's population.  I guess the media hasn't cared to cover many of the problems there because it isn't a "white" country.
  • Last fall I met two guys from Lebanon.  They left Lebanon because there are too many Syrian refugees and they feel it is ruining their country.

    "How do you tell a communist?  Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin.  And how do you tell an anti-communist?  It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."

    *Ronald Reagan*

  • Perhaps soon the Lebanese will start running to Syria to escape all the Syrians in Lebanon?  Country switch!
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