Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, speaks with deputy Prime Minister Samir Moqbel during a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon Friday asked Arab states to provide additional financial support of $280 million to cover the deficit in its construction project to rebuild the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp and surrounding areas, destroyed during the 2007 clashes.The prime minister said Lebanon needed help in carrying the burden given that UNRWA could no longer assist them in light of the arrival of thousands of Palestinians from Syria.In the letter, Salam detailed the situation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, especially the recent influx of 80,000 Palestinians from Syria, many of whom are seeking refuge in and around the Nahr al-Bared camp. The fighting left 30,000 Palestinians homeless and destroyed the camp.
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