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Crisis in Lebanon
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UNFPA in Lebanon: Protecting the Most Vulnerable

The Crisis in Brief

Some 750,000 Lebanese people were displaced in the first weeks of the conflict with Israel. Most are internally displaced and are being sheltered with family, friends, churches, mosques and centres set up in schools by the Government of Lebanon and humanitarian organizations.

More than 200,000 have gone to neighbouring countries, and the United Nations is expecting the number of refugees to escalate. Many are in living in makeshift shelters and camps in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Both internally displaced persons and refugees are largely depending on emergency assistance to meet their basic needs for food, clothing, shelter and medical care, including reproductive health services. In conflict zones, women and children are often the first victims and the last to receive any assistance. UNFPA is planning responses at the country and regional level.

With other countries now feeling the human toll of on-going hostilities, the humanitarian response to the crisis is being planned at a regional level. UNFPA’s offices in Lebanon and Syria and neighbouring countries are actively engaged in ongoing responses and longer-term planning.