Adnan Rahmon, Coordinator of the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) Office of Refugee Affairs, briefed the political committee on the circumstances surrounding the burning of a Syrian refugee camp outside the town of Minya in northern Lebanon. He said that the camp is monitored with security cameras, and that those who burned the camp were identified by the Lebanese security forces.
Rahmon talked about the conditions Syrian refugees are living in after the camp was burned and the terror that the camp residents lived through at the moment of the outbreak of the fire, especially women and children.
He noted that refugees had to throw their children over the walls of the camp to save their lives, while many had to flee barefoot to escape fire and the frightening explosion of gas pipelines.
Moreover, Rahmon talked about the relief work and help being offered by locals to the refuges affected by the fire. He also talked about the role of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre in catering for the affected.
Rahmoun pointed out that burning the camp is a crime committed by a group of bad people who do not represent the brotherly Lebanese people who have expressed their rejection of this heinous act.
He stressed that this crime serves the interests of the Assad regime, the Hezbollah militia, and their supporters only, adding that the recurrence of these incidents brings to the fore the hate speech against refugees by some personalities, including government officials and party leaders.
Rahmon called for holing accountable those responsible for this crime, stressing that the responsibility to protect refugees rests with the United Nations which has a duty to protect Syrian refugees in Lebanon and urgently provide them with necessary support. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)