A Lebanese Red Cross ambulance. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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There are over 11 million people in need inside Syria, and almost 3 million people have sought refuge across Syria's borders and beyond.Lebanon is the scene of a major humanitarian operation. The unfortunate experience that Lebanon has had to acquire from dealing with conflicts over the last four decades, coupled with extensive local talent, has given this country a unique capacity to respond. Many ordinary Lebanese citizens are thus unconsciously part of the humanitarian effort.Such acts of generosity take place every day in communities across Lebanon – by volunteer workers such as the 2,600 who devote their time to the Lebanese Red Cross, by people who can give time, ideas, sometimes money, by people who share their skills and experiences.This year, 79 aid workers have been killed, including in Gaza where UNRWA alone lost 12 staff during the latest bombardments.Ross Mountain is the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, he wrote this article on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day.
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