A fire killed a girl at a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley overnight, a medical source said, the second lethal fire in a Syrian refugee camp in that area within three days.
Lebanon is home to at least 1 million registered Syrian refugees, who reside largely in settlements in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, near the border. The government says that in total there are about 1.5 million Syrians in Lebanon. The camps are in the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal near the Syrian border.
A big fire broke out in a Syrian refugee settlement in another area of the Bekaa Valley Sunday, killing at least one person and sending large plumes of black smoke into the sky, the state news agency and the Red Cross said. Initial reports indicated that fire was caused by a cooking stove. The fire destroyed almost all tents of the camp, home to 560 refugees, according to the report. The fire comes two days after Lebanese authorities rounded up nearly 400 Syrian refugees following an attack on military troops conducting raids in refugee camps in Arsal, another town near the border with Syria.
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