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Four Syrians, including children, freeze to death in Lebanon

 Four Syrian people, two women and two children, have frozen to death in a border region between Syria and Lebanon while they were trying to reach Lebanon illegally, Lebanese media outlets said Friday.

The four victims were left behind by Lebanese smugglers in mountainous area near Baalbek district in the mid of snow storm and severe cold, according to Zaman al-Wasl reporter in Arsal.

The Lebanese army backed by the Civil Defense and the Lebanese Red Cross have searched for the victims during the past 48 hours. 

The tragic instance of a group dying of cold, was not the first to be reported on Syria-Lebanon border, as Syrian refugees have been trying to reach neighbouring countries seeking better life throughout the ten-year-old war. 

Lebanon says it hosts some 1.5 million Syrians, including about one million registered as refugees with the United Nations.

By Abdulhafiz al-Holani

Zaman Al Wasl
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