Summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at todayâ€™s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva
UNHCR -This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at todayâ€™s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva
UNHCR operations in Lebanon are returning to normal with some improvements in the security situation over recent days. UNHCR registration centre in Tripoli has reopened and refugees are now making use of this. Distribution in the north was disrupted but with the reopening of the northern highway over the weekend our trucks can now deliver relief items to our hubs in Qobbayat.
In the Bekaa valley, UNHCR distribution, registration and field visits have resumed. With the new school term about to start, UNHCR is urgently trying to relocate refugee families staying in schools who are coming under increasing pressure to leave ahead of the new school term. Last week, UNHCR submitted a list of 11 abandoned schools in the East to education authorities seeking permission to relocate refugees there and we hope to receive government permission soon.
In the North, UNHCR has found an alternative shelter for families staying in operational schools. The building is a disused private school with 47 classrooms and needs only minor refurbishment. Families are expected to be relocated over the coming week.
Across Lebanon, more than 54,000 people have registered with UNHCR or have appointments to be registered. Among this population, some 22,000 are in the North, with more than 16,600 in the East, and almost 1,300 in Beirut.