File - Syrian refugees eat lunch outside their tent at a refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
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With shoulders hunched against the bitter cold, a group of Syrian refugees shouted over one another.In the northeastern border town of Arsal, Syrian refugees say they are trapped and ill-equipped for the fast-approaching winter.Refugees cannot cross the porous border and return to Syria, as militants affiliated with ISIS and the Nusra Front have ensconced themselves in the hills surrounding the town, and the Lebanese Army has set up regular patrols there. UNHCR spokesperson Dana Sleiman said that while the organization has been unable to access Arsal for nearly four months, it is coordinating with Dar al-Fatwa to distribute blankets and fuel vouchers, and to help shore up refugees' tents for the coming cold weather.Maan Abu Ahmad, a Syrian helping to coordinate aid in Arsal, said that while those registered with the U.N. are receiving aid via Dar al-Fatwa, many refugees in the town are either not registered or have been removed from official refugee registration lists.
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