SIDON, Lebanon: Sidon’s Mufti Salim Sousan called Wednesday for a state of social emergency to be declared in the southern city to cope with an increasing influx of Syrian and Palestinian refugees.
A delegation from the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp visited Sousan to discuss the situation in Palestinian territories as well as in Lebanon’s camps, particularly Ain al-Hilweh, and the estimated 45,000 Syrian and Palestinian refugees who have fled the war in Syria to Sidon.
“The status of Syrian and Palestinian refugees, whose number has noticeably increased, creates an extraordinary situation in the city of Sidon,” Sousan said in a statement.
“This issue, while we are on the eve of the winter season and the new academic year, needs a declaration of a state of social emergency to deal with the accommodation, health, moral and security aspects.”
He said he would cooperate with the Palestinians in Ain al-Hilweh as well as relief organizations and agencies to help families displaced from their homes in Syria.