World Bank pledges $20 million to Lebanon for Syrian refugee crisis

Published May 11th, 2015 - 03:30 GMT
According to one official, 55 percent of Lebanon’s residents were either Syrian or Palestinian refugees. (AFP/File)
According to one official, 55 percent of Lebanon’s residents were either Syrian or Palestinian refugees. (AFP/File)

The World Bank has pledged $20 million to help Lebanese municipalities cope with the massive influx of Syrian refugees, MP Ibrahim Kanaan said Monday.

The grant will be delivered within one month, he noted after a meeting between Lebanese lawmakers and representatives of the World Bank.

The meeting focused on methods of cooperation to respond to the consequences of the Syrian conflict on Lebanon, which stopped accepting refugees last year.

Lebanon hosts an estimated 1.5 million refugees who fled Syriaafter the outbreak of the crisis in March 2011.

Beirut has appealed to donor states for help with the refugee crisis, which has placed immense pressure on its already inaquedate infrastructure.

Kanaan opened the meeting by saying that 55 percent of Lebanon’s residents were either Syrian or Palestinian refugees.

He called for an “urgent program” that would relocate Syrian refugees to safe zones within Syria.


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