A Syrian refugee on Dec. 9 looks at an area destroyed by fire that tore through a refugee settlement near Ghazzeh in the Western Bekaa on Dec. 7. (The Daily Star/Josep Zapater)
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Reconstruction began over the weekend at an informal tented settlement for Syrian refugees in Western Bekaa after a devastating fire left seven children dead and dozens of shelters destroyed.The children were killed when a fire, believed to have been caused by a faulty a gas cylinder, tore through 30 tents Thursday, the U.N. refugee agency said.Two adults and an eighth child are being treated for injuries, according to the UNHCR.Josep Zapater, head of the UNHCR office in the Bekaa Valley, told The Daily Star that additional safety measures would be taken into consideration ahead of construction to try and prevent further loss of life if another fire occurs.UNHCR is negotiating with the local municipality and a local landowner to procure additional land to facilitate the expanded space between tents.
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