UN calls on Hezbollah to end involvement in Syria

Lebanese UN envoy to keep borders open to fleeing Syrians as council calls on militants to end engagement in conflict.

July 10, 2013 21:59
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Lebanese Hezbollah supporters chant slogans and hold flags

Hezbollah supporters. (photo credit: Reuters/Khalil Hassan)

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council called on Lebanese Hezbollah militants on Wednesday to end any

"The Security Council underlines the need for assistance on an unprecedented scale, both to meet the needs of the refugees and of host communities, and to assist the Lebanese authorities who face extraordinary financial and structural challenges as a result of the refugee influx," it said in the statement.

Lebanon's UN ambassador, Nawaf Salam, told reporters that the real number of Syrian refugees in his country was likely to be more than one million because not all of those fleeing had registered with UN agencies.

"Lebanon will not close its borders. Lebanon will not turn back any refugees. Lebanon will continue to provide assistance to all Syrian refugees," he said. "But let's be clear, Lebanon cannot cope with the burden of the refugee crisis. Lebanon needs international support."

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