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Plumbly inspects refugee camps on southern border

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Monday, July 30, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly Wednesday inspected Syrian refugees’ camps in the southern area of Arqoub.

Plumbly held a meeting with the mayors of the Arqoub villages. He also toured the Blue Line and observed the occupied Shebaa Farms from the position of the UNIFIL’s Indian battalion located in the Lebanese-controlled part of Shebaa.

The head of the Arqoub Mayors’ Union, Mohammad Saab, said there was a shortage of food and medical services in the region and appealed for the help of the international community.

“There is a dire need for donor countries to help the municipalities of small villages, particularly Shebaa, so we can offer assistance to Sryian refugees,” he said. “There is a clear shortage in water and electricity, and we are suffering from a health and food products crisis."

The mayor also said that Arqoub had become overloaded by the Syrian population and there was no more space for more refugees.

“We are facing difficulties in finding paces to receive new refugees, the villages of Arqoub are already hosting over 20,000 refugees,” he said.

 

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