facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Lebanon feeling strain from Syrian war

March 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM   |   Comments

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 5 (UPI) -- Lebanon is feeling increasing strain due to refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war, Europe's neighborhood policy chief said Tuesday.

European Neighborhood Policy Commissioner Stefan Fule arrived in Beirut to discuss ways in which the European Union could help Lebanon cope with the fallout from the Syrian war.

"Lebanon receives the highest number of people fleeing the horrible bloodshed in Syria and we know that it puts this country under enormous strain," he said in a statement.

Syria's war has threatened to spill into neighboring Lebanon. The European Union estimates that, since of the end of February, more than 325,000 Syrian nationals have fled to Lebanon.

Fule said Europe was helping Lebanon cope with an estimated $39 million in assistance.

"The hospitality and generosity displayed by the Lebanese toward their neighbors is admirable and commendable," he said.

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said he was concerned about stability in his country given regional strife. Nabih's March 8 coalition, which includes members of Hezbollah, said there are growing signs of an al-Qaida presence in Lebanon, The Daily Star newspaper reports.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Obamas attend wedding of personal chef
2
Pakistan PM Nawaz in hiding, death toll reaches 11
3
Corvette Museum plans to fill in sinkhole
4
Lesotho military allegedly takes control of government buildings
5
Boy being treated for brain tumor taken from hospital
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback