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Data highlighting this year's disbursement of international funds to Lebanon has sparked concern among humanitarian organizations. Only 36 percent of the total appeal filed by the U.N. refugee agency in Lebanon has been received to date, according to UNHCR. Lebanon's total reported funding for 2017 was registered in June as being 30 percent lower than in 2016, and currently does not exceed 53.6 percent of the total expected. Carry-over funds from 2015 – pledges that had not yet been delivered – brought the overall 2016 figure up to around $1.9 billion, Lazzarini explained.The World Food Program, which offers primary assistance in the form of an electronic food voucher (e-card) system, registered in August 2017 a shortfall of $64 million, compared to a $10 million shortfall in the same period last year.At the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, held in April, 13.5 million people were estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance within Syria, and over five million refugees in neighboring countries also required assistance.Seventy percent of Syrian refugees in Lebanon live under the poverty line and are reliant on humanitarian aid.
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