The official Lebanese News Agency reported that a number of citizens in the north of the country set fire to a Syrian refugee camp on Saturday night, after a quarrel broke out between a member of their family and Syrian workers.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees confirmed that a large fire broke out in a refugee camp in the Al-Minya area in northern Lebanon, and that a number of the wounded were – without specifying – taken to a nearby hospital.
The French Press Agency quoted UNHCR spokesman Khaled Kabbara as saying that “the fire spread to all the camp residences,” built of plastic and wood materials, in which about 75 Syrian refugee families live.
He added that a number of these families fled the camp due to fear caused by the explosion-like sounds caused by the explosion of gas bottles.
The spokesman explained that the size of the fire was huge due to the highly flammable materials from which the camp housing was built and the presence of gas bottles in it.
According to the official “National News Agency”, a problem occurred between a Lebanese man and some Syrian workers working in Minya, which led to a clash of hands and the fall of 3 wounded.
The agency stated that following the confusion, a number of young men intervened and set fire to some tents for the displaced Syrians in Miniyeh, before the civil defense vehicles intervened and worked to extinguish the fire, while a force of the army and security forces intervened to control the situation.
Lebanon estimates the number of Syrian refugees residing on its territory at about 1.5 million, of whom about one million are registered with the UNHCR.
They live in difficult humanitarian conditions, exacerbated by the economic crisis, which was deepened by the outbreak of the new Corona virus, and then by the catastrophic explosion that occurred in the Beirut port last August.
Over the past years, Lebanon has witnessed, from time to time, racist campaigns and hate speech against refugees and calls for their deportation.