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Reference : V-P-LB-E-01313
Date : 2013
Country/Region : SYRIA; LEBANON
Caption : Near the Syrian border, Hermel. Lebanese nationals living in Syria were forced to flee the conflict in Syria and take shelter in Lebanon, leaving their livelihood, and properties behind.
Photographer : s.n.
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : With the influx of Syrian refugees, volatile security and economic depression, it is difficult to find jobs or even labour work in Lebanon. Although they are in their country of origin, Lebanese Labourers can hardly find a source of daily income. Occasional, poorly-paid small jobs are not enough to sustain a living, especially when one has a family to feed and needs basic commodities, such as food, shelter and sleeping material. As a result they need basic assistance as much as Syrian refugees.

Lebanon: The Plight of Lebanese Returnees Fleeing Syria as Harsh as Refugees

Almost three years of a destructive war in Syria has forced millions of people to flee their homes and seek shelter in safer areas inside the country or in neighboring states, including Lebanon, which is home for the largest Syrian refugee community. In addition to the Syrians and the Palestinians from refugee camps in Syria, the war has uprooted thousands of Lebanese nationals who had been living in Syria and had lost their livelihoods in that country which was home for them for many generations. Technically, the "Lebanese Returnees" from Syria are not refugees in their country of nationality, but in reality they are as vulnerable as Syrian refugees and have suffered as much from the ongoing conflict.

Since December 2013, the ICRC has assisted 300 families (1500 persons) of Lebanese returnees with food in kind material. Many families live in dire conditions, sharing derelict apartments or are being hosted by relatives who are poor and find it difficult to sustain a living.

Lebanon: Aid for Lebanese returnees fleeing Syrian conflict / 17-12-2013 News Release 13/231

Beirut (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has provided urgently needed aid for around 860 Lebanese nationals who fled the conflict in Syria and left all their belongings behind.

Because these people have Lebanese nationality and are now in Lebanon, they are not eligible for aid intended for refugees. They share informal tented settlements with Syrian refugees or are hosted by relatives in Hermel, in north-eastern Lebanon, where the ICRC has provided them with mattresses, blankets, hygiene items, tarpaulins, kitchen sets, jerrycans and one-month rations of food.

Assistance will also be provided for returning Lebanese families in other parts of Hermel and in the Bekaa region, including in Mashari' el Qaa, Ras Baalbeck, and the Beirut suburb of Borj Hammoud.

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