How is Lebanon coping with 300,000 Syrian refugees?

How is Lebanon coping with 300,000 Syrian refugees? Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ali Hashish

How is Lebanon coping with 300,000 Syrian refugees? Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ali Hashish

Last week, the UNHCR announced that the number of Syrian refugees living in neighboring countries had reached one million. 

With over 300,000 Syrian refugees now living within its own borders, Lebanon is struggling to contain the humanitarian and political spillovers of the Syrian crisis.

As refugees keep crossing the border, head of ICRC Lebanon Jurg Montani describes precarious living conditions in camps and host communities increasingly unable to cope with the influx of newcomers.

Mr. Montani provides an update on our response and its focus on the provision of health care to wounded Syrians. He also explains how the presence of refugees is impacting Lebanon's social fabric while the Syrian conflict continues to exacerbate political tensions in Beirut, Tripoli and other Lebanese cities.