Winter storm brings misery to Syrian refugees, but also relief

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CAIRO – The winter storm battering the eastern Mediterranean has brought misery to tens of thousands of displaced Syrians, but a group that tallies deaths in the country’s conflict on Thursday.
It had also brought about a rare respite from fighting.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
With rain, snow and high winds assailing the war-torn country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that, for the first time in three years, it had documented no direct deaths from fighting or bombardment.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
The Britain-based group said that the storm has caused its own victims, however, with four Syrians in total dying in neighbouring Lebanon and two inside northern Syria as a result of weather conditions.
A Beirut-based spokesman for the UN refugee agency said they were concerned about the prospect of another night of freezing temperatures[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
of snow in parts of the Bekaa valley in eastern Lebanon,
where Syrian refugees were living in “rough” conditions in some 800 informal settlements.
Redmond said that local municipalities were distributing winter aid that UNHCR had put in position ahead of the storm and three had asked for additional supplies.
“In the mountain town of Arsal near the Syrian border, refugees were moving into a collective shelter and a local NGO was distributing 10,000 hot meals daily,’’ he added. (dpa/NAN)

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