Syrians flee to Lebanon for refuge

According to The New York Times, the rising humanitarian crisis in Syria has made as many as 2,000 Syrians flee towards the Lebanon border Sunday as violence in the country keeps escalating.

The New York Times reported that Jean Paul Cavalieri, a representative with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees agency based in Lebanon, told Reuters that the agency has already been warned about the influx of refugees into Lebanon.

At least 12 families have already entered Lebanon over the past few days.

Refugees are also fleeing to Turkey. A group of 11 refugees in Turkey “spoke of a constant and heavy military presence along the road as they fled, with some asserting that the Syrian government was using helicopters to fight groups of armed defectors,” according to the article.

On March 3, 44 defecting soldiers were executed in Idlib province.

Al-Assad’s wrath is relentless and has caused thousands to die in the last year. He needs to be stopped. Even China, who vetoed a non-binding solution proposed by the U.N. last month, has issued a statement calling for the immediate end to the violence and “political dialogue” to begin.



About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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