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Snow, rain lash Syria refugees in Lebanon

Thousands of Syrian refugees living in makeshift camps in Lebanon were weathering a winter storm on Wednesday that brought snow, rain and freezing temperatures to the country. In northern Arsal, just across the border from Syria, layers of snow sat atop flimsy shelters housing tens of thousands of recently arrived refugees. The UN refugee agency UNHCR has worked around the clock, partnering in recent days with the Lebanese army, to distribute winter supplies including thermal blankets and money for heaters.

Syrian refugee children face huge challenges: UNHCR

GENEVA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Shocking numbers of Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon are growing up in fractured families, missing out on education and serving as their household's primary breadwinner, said a report released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Friday.

UN refugee chief urges EU-wide effort for Syrians

UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres on Friday called for the European Union to step up support for countries like Bulgaria coping with an influx of Syrian refugees living in overcrowded camps. The EU needs to mobilise and show "solidarity ... especially when some countries like Bulgaria have more limited resources and are at the external border of the union," Guterres told journalists after visiting a refugee camp in Sofia with EU humanitarian aid commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.

U.S. scholars seek mention of lost 'Little Syria' in 9/11 museum

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - Before construction began on the World Trade Center in the 1960s, a vibrant Arab-American community lived and worked in the shadow of what would become the Twin Towers, the two New York skyscrapers destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. As Wednesday's 12th anniversary of the attacks draws near, local historians are asking the September 11 Memorial Museum to include a reference to the neighborhood, known for more than 50 years as "Little Syria," in its permanent exhibit.

Jordan seeks donors' support to aid Syrian refugees

cannot continue providing services to the Syrian refugees in the country without intensified assistance from the donor countries, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said Thursday.

UN runs out of cash on Syrian refugee spending

The United Nations gave its starkest warning yet today that it would soon run out of cash to cope with the vast influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan and other neighbouring countries.Marixie Mercado, spokeswoman for the U.N. Children's Fund UNICEF, told a U.N.

UN agencies face 'impossible' choices on Syria aid

UN agencies helping to care for the millions driven from their homes in Syria by two years of conflict warned on Tuesday that they face "impossible" choices as funding fails to meet soaring needs. "Agencies including UN and NGOs are forced into the impossible situation of having to prioritise equally compelling programmes," Lebanon representative for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ninette Kelley said in a statement.

35,000 Syria refugees have gone home

Almost 35,000 Syrian refugees have returned home from Jordan since their country's conflict broke out in March 2011, but a larger number joined the exodus last month alone, a government spokesman said on Friday. "34,824 Syrian refugees have gone back to their country since the start of the crisis," Anmar al-Hammud, spokesman for the refugee file, told AFP. He said around 2,500 of them had returned at their own request from the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan on Thursday with the assistance of Jordanian security services.

Turkish police seize firearms cache on Syrian border

AKCAKALE, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish authorities said they had seized thousands of guns in a warehouse by the Syrian border, and a local news agency said the weapons had been destined for Turkey's wartorn neighbour. The firearms - including more than 5,000 shotguns and rifles, starting pistols, gunstocks and 10,000 cartridges - were discovered during a raid in a village on the edge of the Turkish town of Akcakale and displayed to journalists on Friday.

U.N. checks reports Turkey deported hundreds of Syrian refugees

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency said on Thursday it was very worried by reports of mass deportations of Syrians from Turkey and said it had taken up the issue with Turkish authorities. Turkish officials said that Turkey sent hundreds of refugees back to Syria after clashes with military police at their camp near the border in a protest over living conditions, although a government official later denied this and said that 50-60 Syrians had returned voluntarily.
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