A man carries a bucket as he helps extinguish a fire that broke out at a Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley town of Al-Marj, Monday, June 1, 2015. (The Daily Star/Osama Kadiri)
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At least one Syrian child died when a massive fire engulfed scores of tents in an east Lebanon refugee camp Monday, in the latest tragedy highlighting the poor humanitarian conditions under which around 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon live.The camp is located in the Bekaa Valley town of Al-Marj, in the same town that an abandoned Syrian refugee camp burned down.According to UNHCR spokeswoman Tatiana Audi, the fire affected 80 tents.UNHCR staff were still at the camp assessing the situation several hours after the fire erupted. The incident was the latest in a recent string of similar tragedies to befall the estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, many of whom live in overcrowded camps and run-down buildings. Last month, three Syrian children were killed when a fire broke out in their room at an apartment complex in the Zahle town of Barr Elias.
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