BEIRUT: Around 50 Syrian refugees in Bint Jbeil held a sit-in Monday in the town’s square to protest an alleged decision by a local party to cut off aid to them, the Central News Agency reported. According to the CNA, the town’s local leaders intervened to end the sit-in by promising the protesters to support their demands to resupply them with aid. A security source told the agency that the number of Syrian refugees in southern towns and villages is on the rise and has already surpassed 1,500. The source added that residents were having difficulty providing them with residences, especially ones equipped for the winter season. Another problem the refugees are facing is putting their children in Lebanese schools, where the curriculum is different from that of Syria, the source said.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 18, 2012, on page 4.