| 16 April 2024, Tuesday |

Syrian child killed as fire destroys refugee camp in Lebanon

A Syrian child was killed and several other displaced people suffered minor burns on Friday when a fire broke out in a camp for the displaced Syrians in the town of Bhannine – Al-Minyeh, the National News Agency reported.

The 1.5-year-old child was identified as Alaa Murad Al-Ahmed, the agency said, adding that the blaze which broke out today in the afternoon has completely destroyed 10 tents that were set up by Syrians.

The Lebanese security forces rushed to the area and opened an investigation into the incident.

The reasons behind the fire are yet to be revealed.

Last month, four Syrians, two women and two children, were found dead in eastern Lebanon after having gone missing, the governor of Lebanon’s Baalbek and Hermel region tweeted.

The four were found, frozen to death, after a search operation by the Lebanese civil defense, army and security forces, Bachir Khodr said.

“An investigation will be launched into the Lebanese individual who was with them previously to see if this was human smuggling or not,” he said.

Lebanon has more than a million Syrian refugees who have fled their homes since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011.

  • NNA
  • Sawt Beirut International