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Fire Rips Through Syrian Refugee Camp

05 Juillet 2017

It was the second such deadly fire to hit refugee encampments in eastern Lebanon this week amid soaring temperatures. On Sunday, a fire ripped through another settlement near the town of Qab Elias, also killing one person. Among those injured, seven were reported to be in critical condition.

Late Tuesday, the Army issued a statement clarifying the reasons behind the death of four Syrian nationals that were arrested after last week's attacks.

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A number of Syrian refugees in the northeastern border town of Arsal have asked to be transferred to a north Syrian border town with Turkey following a Lebanese Army operation in the area, The Daily Star learned Tuesday. Five suspects blew themselves up before they could be taken into custody during the raid.

Lebanon is home to more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees who fled their war-torn country since the rebellion against the government of President Bashar al-Assad erupted in March 2011, according to the United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Some 70 percent of them live in poverty, according to the global body.

Fire Rips Through Syrian Refugee Camp