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Ban: Syria war threatens Lebanon

File - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to reporters after his briefing to the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Ukraine on March 28, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP)

UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. secretary-general warned that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria posed a serious threat to the stability of Lebanon, as refugees stream into the country and weapons and fighters are transferred out.

Ban Ki-moon’s latest report to the U.N. Security Council, circulated Thursday, says the involvement of Lebanese groups in the Syrian fighting “has had a devastating impact on security,” including several terrorist attacks in Lebanon “by groups claiming that they are acting in response to Hezbollah’s fighting in Syria.”

Sunnis in Lebanon tend to support Syrian rebels. Shiites tend to support the Syrian regime, with Hezbollah fighting on its side.

Ban’s report calls Lebanon “the smallest and most vulnerable of Syria’s neighbors,” but it hosts the most refugees.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 25, 2014, on page 3.

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