Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil attends an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers of the Arab League, on November 9, 2015 in the Saudi capital Riyadh. AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Friday reiterated that Lebanon will not naturalize Syrian or Palestinian refugees living in the country.Since the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011, the U.N. refugee agency has registered around 1.03 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, although the Lebanese government puts the actual number at more than 1.5 million.There are an estimated 450,000 Palestinian refugees registered in Lebanon, with an estimated 65 percent of them believed to be living below the local poverty line. A further 40,000 to 50,000 Palestinian refugees have fled the conflict in Syria to Lebanon in recent years.
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