File - Refugees who fled the violence from the Syrian town of Flita, near Yabroud, stand outside their tents at the border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley March 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah)
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Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said Saturday Lebanon can no longer tolerate the burden of over a million Syrian refugees without sufficient international aid, slamming the international and Arab community for failing to assist.With no end in sight to the conflict in Syria, the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon now stands at over one million registered with the UNHCR and is expected to increase.Describing it as a "purely Arab matter," Derbas said Lebanon should devise a strategy with neighboring countries including Arab and foreign ones to better address the crisis.Derbas said Lebanon was the weakest and smallest Arab country and could no longer address such a crisis, which, he said, has inflicted damage on the Lebanese economy.
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