3 refugees die as blaze dev­as­tates Le­banon camp

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BEKAA VAL­LEY: A fire tore through a camp for Syr­ian refugees in Le­banon’s Bekaa Val­ley, killing three peo­ple yes­ter­day, of­fi­cials said.

Flames and thick clouds of black smoke rose from the site near the town of Qab Elias, around a hour’s drive east of Beirut, and at least one ex­plo­sion was seen in footage broad­cast by Le­banon’s MTV.

Reuters TV footage showed lit­tle was left by the blaze as a fire truck doused down the still smoul­der­ing ground. A Syr­ian refugee said many of the peo­ple liv­ing at the camp had fled to Le­banon from the Raqqa area of Syria.

“We’ve started the as­sess­ment as to how many tents have been dam­aged. As soon as the as­sess­ment is done we will pro­vide the fam­i­lies with all the help they need,” UNHCR spokes­woman Dana Sleiman said.

“Ap­par­ently it started with a cook­ing stove. We are wait­ing to con­firm that,” she said.

Le­banon is host to at least 1 million reg­is­tered Syr­ian refugees, many of them liv­ing in tented set­tle­ments scat­tered around the coun­try. – Reuters

PIC­TURES: REUTERS

Fire­fight­ers put out a blaze at a camp for Syr­ian refugees near the town of Qab Elias in Le­banon’s Bekaa Val­ley yes­ter­day.

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