Syrian refugees at mercy of winter storms on Lebanese coast

from Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation
Published on 09 Jan 2013 View Original
  • Nearly 190,000 Syrians have fled to Lebanon

  • Lebanon has not set up formal camps

  • Refugees face harsh winter weather

By Alexander Dziadosz

QOBBAT BESHOMRA, Lebanon, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Sayyad Ali fled Syria two weeks ago and now lives with his wife and two children in a leaky tent of wood and plastic sheeting surrounded by ankle-deep mud in a lot in northern Lebanon.

The 27-year-old former construction worker built the shelter well, but the thin walls are scant shield against wind, rain and hail that have lashed the makeshift camp during four days of winter storms, among the fiercest to hit the region in decades.

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