From the field - Syrian crisis continues to impact Lebanon

Syrian crisis continues to impact Lebanon - Lebanese-Syrian border, al-Masnaa, July 20 - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Mohamed Azakir

Syrian crisis continues to impact Lebanon - Lebanese-Syrian border, al-Masnaa, July 20 - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Mohamed Azakir

The Syrian conflict continues to impact the social fabric and political landscape of Lebanon.

There are 30 to 60,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon today and tens of families cross the border daily. Most arrive in the Bekaa valley with few belongings. Many are wounded and in need of medical care.

Tensions among Lebanon's political actors are rife. Armed confrontations between supporters of the Syrian government and those who favor the armed opposition happen regularly, most recently in the streets of the northern city of Tripoli.

The ICRC has responded to the influx of Syrian refugees since the beginning of the crisis. It has worked closely with the Lebanese Red Cross to treat the wounded Syrians and has assisted refugees families the UNHCR and the Lebanese High Relief Commission could not access.

Our colleagues have recently stepped up their efforts by supporting several Bekaa valley hospitals that treat most of the wounded. 

Jurg Montani, head of the ICRC in Lebanon, describes the growing rift between Lebanese political parties and its effects, as well as the preparations underway to cope with a possible influx of refugees.