Last updated: 19 July, 2012

Nearly 19,000 Syrians have fled to Lebanon in just two days

Nearly 19,000 Syrians, many from the capital, have fled from violence at home across the border into Lebanon since Wednesday, a Lebanese security source said.

“More than 18,600 Syrians have arrived since yesterday from Syria through the eastern Masnaa crossing, among them many people from Damascus and its province,” the source said.

Previously, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said there were 26,900 Syrians refugees registered in Lebanon, although activists have put the total number much higher.