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Snow spell adds to pain of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

February 5, 2023 at 11:35 am

A man walks amid tents during snowfall in a camp in Azez, Syria on February 04, 2023. [Omer Alven – Anadolu Agency ]

A snow spell is worsening the already tragic living conditions for thousands of Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon, Anadolu reports.

There are around 80,000 Syrians living in refugee camps in the northern town of Arsal, along with 40,000 others on the outskirts of the town. Their living conditions in the camps have worsened in recent days after a severe cold wave hit the country amid heavy snow and rainfalls.

A 45-year-old Syrian refugee who gave his name as Abu Mohamed termed the conditions of refugees in Lebanon as “tragic”.

“We live in very tragic conditions amid the freezing cold in Arsal,” he told Anadolu. “Our tents have been buried in the snow,” he said.

“All refugees suffer from severe cold amid lack of all means of heating. We find nothing to warm ourselves but to burn down our clothes.”

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