Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th December 2014.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he had made of the effect in Lebanon of the continued fighting in Syria and the influx of refugees.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The ongoing crisis in Syria is having a major impact on Lebanon. We are concerned about recent fighting around the Lebanon-Syria border and attacks by ISIL and Al Nusra Front on the Lebanese Army and Lebanese towns in the border area. There are currently around 1.2 million refugees in Lebanon, creating pressure on services which in turn has led to tensions with some host communities. We are committed to supporting Lebanon’s stability. By the end of this year, the UK will have provided £150 million since the start of the Syrian crisis to support refugees and vulnerable communities in Lebanon. We have also provided £20 million to support the Lebanese Armed Forces Land Border Regiments as they protect Lebanon from spillover violence in Syria.

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