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By Stephen Dockery
BEIRUT: The number of Syrian refugees being officially aided in Lebanon has plateaued at 26,000 for over a month, a number which continues to lag far behind most estimates of the total amount of displaced people needing help in the country.
The most recent update from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says the agency is providing aid such as food and medical supplies to “some 26,000” displaced Syrians, a constant figure since the beginning of May.
That level of aid is well below half the estimates from diplomats and charity leaders operating in the refugee areas about the total displaced population. A study conducted by the Gulf-funded Islamic charity Al-Taqwa reports there are around 58,000 refugees in the country while a separate estimate from Bashaer charity places the number at 52,000 people.
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