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Lebanon says it wants UN aid for Syria refugees

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Lebanon said on Tuesday it will ask for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to ask for aid to help it cope with the influx of refugees from its war-ravaged larger neighbour Syria.

"I will ask our UN envoy Nawaf Salam to contact the necessary parties to ask for an urgent Security Council meeting to discuss the presence of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and to help us shelter them," Foreign Minister Adnan Mansur told reporters.

The United Nations says that Lebanon currently houses 400,000 Syrians who have fled the more than two-year conflict that has killed more than 70,000 people.

Beirut has asked the UN for $363 million to finance a government plan to help the refugees in Lebanon, but has so far received only a small amount.

On Monday, Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur said the impact of the war in Syria was threatening the kingdom's security and that Amman will seek UN Security Council help to tackle the fallout.

The UN estimates that around 385,500 Syrians have sought refuge in Jordan, including nearly a quarter of a million children. Jordan puts the overall figure at around 500,000.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/lebanon-says-it-wants-un-aid-syria-refugees