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EU providing Lebanon $42 million to aid Syrian refugees

EU providing Lebanon $42 million to help Lebanon cope with sheltering 1 million Syria refugees

Syrian refugee Mohammed al-Zaidalani, left, waits with his family for a visit of The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management ...
The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, left, shakes hands with Syrian refugee Mohammed al-Zaidalan...
The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, left, speaks with Syrian refugee Bassam Assaf,  21, sitting...

Mideast Lebanon

Syrian refugee Mohammed al-Zaidalani, left, waits with his family for a visit of The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management ...

Mideast Lebanon

The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, left, shakes hands with Syrian refugee Mohammed al-Zaidalan...

Mideast Lebanon

The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, left, speaks with Syrian refugee Bassam Assaf, 21, sitting...

BEIRUT (AP) -- A delegation from the European Union visiting Lebanon says the EU is providing 37 million euros ($42 million) to help the Arab country cope with more than a million Syrian refugees.

Christos Stylianides, the European commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, made the announcement Saturday after meeting Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Beirut.

Stylianides later traveled to the eastern Bekaa Valley to meet Syrian refugees living in small camps.

He told reporters in the Bekaa: "Lebanon is not alone. The European Union stands by the government and the people of Lebanon."

The UN refugees agency says Lebanon is hosting at least 1,150,000 Syrian refugees, a quarter the size of Lebanon's own population of 4.5 million.


Updated : 2021-09-24 08:28 GMT+08:00