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NGO urges assistance for Syrian refugees

NGO urges assistance for Syrian refugees

A Washington-based NGO has called on the world to assist Syrian refugees, saying they are stretching the meager resources of Jordan and Lebanon and threaten the countries' political stability.
Since the outset of the Syrian uprising in March 2011, Jordan has taken in more than 110,000 refugees, while Lebanon hosts 26,000.
Both countries have hosted waves of Iraqi refugees from the last ten years, and Palestinians from the last 60.
Refugees International said in a statement Monday that with their economies weak and their politics strained, neither Jordan nor Lebanon "is well positioned to accept thousands of poor, vulnerable Syrians - and yet they must, and they have."
It said the Syrian refugee crisis may "threaten the political stability" of both countries.