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.
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.
“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.