The potential site for the refugee camp in Jmaylieh. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The elderly Elias Dagher points toward acres of olive groves overlooking the precipitous region of Iqlim al-Kharroub, identifying the expansive area as one singled out by humanitarian organizations to be a potential formal settlement for Syrian refugees.Alman Mayor Farid Ghanem said he had been approached by U.N.-Habitat a week before the Al-Jadeed report was aired and asked whether there were any plots of land available to rent in order to establish a camp for refugees.There is but one formal tent settlement in Lebanon, established in the refugee-saturated border town of Arsal after the influx of Syrians from Yabroud and housing 70 families.Following the example of the camp in Arsal, which was set up on land belonging to Dar al-Fatwa, the committee hopes to erect similar camps elsewhere in Lebanon, though not in Jmaylieh.Hala al-Helou, an adviser to Derbas dismissed the Arsal example as an "exception," saying as of now the ministry still adhered to a strict no-camp policy. Ongoing projects to establish formal settlements for refugees were being carried out without the government's required consent, she said.
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