File - Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai attends a memorial ceremony for victims killed in a militant attack on the Our Lady of Salvation Church in 2010, at the Church in Baghdad October 31, 2011. (Reuters/Saad Shalash)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Thursday criticized recent U.S. threats of a missile strike on Syria, warning that the repercussions of a strike against Syrian regime forces could worsen the refugee crisis and destabilize Lebanon.Rai's comments came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened via Twitter to launch missiles at Syria, following a suspected chemical attack outside Damascus that killed dozens of people.An attack on Syria, Rai said, could worsen an already dire refugee crisis, which Lebanon is straining to cope with, and destabilize countries surrounding Syria.Nearly one million U.N.-registered Syrian refugees currently reside in Lebanon, although the real number of displaced Syrians inside the country's borders is likely far higher.
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