Lebanon is suffering hardly the consequences of the Syrian war. The flow of refugees and the violence threaten to destabilise the country. Yesterday, two explosions carried by suicide bombers targeting the Iranian embassy hit the capital Beirut, killing up to 23 people, injuring at least 146 and damaging buildings in the embassy compound. The ambassador is safe, but the cultural attache is has been killed. A lebanese group linked to Al Qaeda named Abdullah Azzam Brigades has claimed responsibility. According to Al Jazeera, the group has said that has said the attack is a “message of blood and death” to Iran and Hezbollah – both supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The violence in Lebanon increased since Hezbollah declared its involvement in Syria’s civil war. Tensions are high. Al Jazeera published a complete timeline of the last attacks you can check here.
In addition, with a population of 4.4 million people, Lebanon is hosting now over 1.3 million refugees from Syria and the recent battles with the advance of the government forces in the border areas the flow of refugees is growing day by day. A situation very difficult to endure for such a small country.
President Michel Sleiman said to the UN General Assembly already in september that the burden of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon was unbearable.
“As for the most and biggest burden, -he said- which has begun to take an existential dimension, it derives from an unprecedented increase in the numbers of incoming Refugees from Syria, way beyond Lebanon’s capacity of assimilation, exceeding one fourth of Lebanon’s population. As you know, Lebanon is a country with an exiguous geographical area, limited resources and capabilities, and sensitive balances.”
The problem is biggest now with the latest flow of refugees as a consequence of the new battles in Syria and there are no clear solutions at sight for Lebanon, a Country in obvious need of urgent help.
Refugees of the Syrian civil war