Syrian refugee children play at a camp in Torbol in the Bekaa Valley, July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Sharif Karim
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Around 100 Syrian refugees have departed Lebanon for Italy as part an humanitarian corridor project organized by Italian aid groups.The project, organized by the Rome-based Catholic Sant'Egidio Community and the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, is aimed at taking in an estimated 1,000 refugees.Raising around $1.4 million to process their visas, transport them to Italy and get them resettled while their asylum applications are processed, the two groups lobbied the Italian government to issue 1,000 humanitarian visas for Syrian refugees. Around 70 other Syrian refugees from Lebanon are expected to leave to Rome in three weeks, VDL (93.3) added.
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