July 3, 2014 5:44 am

Syrian refugee crisis may pose ‘serious’ security risk to Lebanon: UN

Syrian refugees pose in a disused house on June 28, 2014 in the Fikirtepe area of Istanbul.

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GENEVA – The head of the U.N. refugee agency is warning that the spiraling refugee crisis brought on by Syria’s civil war could pose a serious threat to Lebanon’s security and destabilize the entire region unless donors quickly provide the unfunded 70 per cent of the $3.74 billion needed for emergency needs.

Antonio Guterres says the upwardly revised assessment of needs is based on a new estimate there will be at least 3.6 million Syrian refugees by the end of the year.

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He said in a statement Thursday that donors have contributed just $1.1 billion so far toward efforts in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, and failure to provide more “could result in dramatic consequences for refugees and the stability of the entire region, including a serious security threat to Lebanon.”

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