Lebanon

Storms and snow in Lebanon worsen plight for Syrian refugees

Storm-force winds and snow across Lebanon have worsened the plight for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who’ve been forced from their homes by nearly eight years of conflict, a top UN humanitarian official said on Thursday.

Eight years into Syria’s brutal war, storm in Lebanon compounds refugee ‘misery’

In Lebanon, the plight of Syria’s 900,000  registered refugees just got a little worse, with the arrival of Storm Norma, which brought heavy winds and snow across the country last weekend.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Philippe Lazzarini, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, explained what the organization is doing to help.

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News in Brief 19 December 2018

  • Funding crunch forces UN to reduce food assistance in Palestine despite rising need
  • Tunnels from Lebanon to Israel constitute violation of Security Council resolution : senior UN official
  • Leadership ‘crucial’ to bringing migration pact to life: UN chief
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Confirmed ‘Blue Line’ tunnels ‘do not appear’ to surface in Israel – UN peacekeeping chief

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has confirmed the existence of at least two tunnels crossing the “Blue Line” – the border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel – but they “do not appear thus far” to have exit points leading to the surface on Israeli territory, the United Nations top peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Wednesday.

UN working with both sides, after hidden tunnels confirmed along Lebanon-Israel ‘Blue Line’

The head of the United Nations peace mission in Lebanon has urged an end to “rumours and speculations” over tunnels which have been discovered along the UN-drawn “Blue Line” – the border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel.

Lebanon’s President says country is working towards stability, but weighed down by ‘neighborhood crises’

Although Lebanon ‘is groping our way to rise from consecutive crises’, President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday that his country was being buffeted by regional crises and called on the United Nations to show global leadership by taking action to resolve conflicts in the Middle East.

Security Council extends mandate of UN Interim Force in Lebanon for a year

In a unanimous action, the United Nations Security Council extended the mandate of the Organization’s peacekeeping mission in Lebanon until 31 August next year.

‘Good buzz’ in south Lebanon as country enjoys ‘gift of peace’ — UNIFIL Force Commander

With a gradual return of better economic conditions and a generation of children growing up without the horrors of conflict, there is a “good buzz” in southern Lebanon, says General Michael Beary of Ireland, concluding his two-year tour as Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

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Lebanon elections ‘vital step’ in democracy-building: UN chief

Congratulating Lebanon on holding parliamentary elections on Sunday , United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the country’s political leaders to work in "a spirit of unity".

Lebanon: UN humanitarian fund to step up support for the most vulnerable

At a time when resources for refugees from Syria is declining, the top United Nations humanitarian official in Lebanon, the country host to some 1.5 million Syrian and several thousand Palestinian refugees, has launched a funding allocation to ensure that critical relief programmes can be sustained.