Beirut-Aid officials said on Sunday that hundreds of Syrian refugees fled the makeshift camp in northern Lebanon after the tents were pulled apart after fighting broke out between local youth and camp residents.
Lebanon’s state-owned state news agency said that at least three people were injured in the incident in the Mineye area near the coastal city of Tripoli on December 26, and then angry young people burned the camp.
Since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011, more than 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon have fled the country, but many Syrians have long been migrant workers and a major source of cheap labor in the construction and agricultural sectors.
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Khaled Kabarra, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency, said that nearly 400 residents who fled went to other closed camps or found temporary shelters in vacant schools and hotels.
In the past few years, tensions between refugees and residents in the country have increased. Humanitarian workers and politicians have stated that racism and anger stemmed from the financial crisis hit by Lebanese, who accused refugees of working.