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  • 25 February 2014, 9:43

Angelina Jolie Meets Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

Actress and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie has visited Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and called for more support for the thousands of people who have fled their homes.

During her visit, Jolie called on the international community to ensure the implementation of a recent UN resolution that called for humanitarian assistance to reach Syrian civilians.

She met unaccompanied children living in the eastern Bekaa Valley, where many of the poorest Syrian refugees in Lebanon reside.

"Lebanon, as you know, has the highest concentration of refugees of any country in the world in recent history; it is an extraordinary thing and we must do all what we can to support them," said Jolie.

"I spent time in the Bekaa Valley recently with Syrian refugees and they are very grateful to the people of Lebanon, they are clearly very traumatised from what has happened to them in Syria," the 38-year-old added.

Jolie also met Tammam Salam, the prime minister of the tiny Mediterranean country, which neighbours Syria.

Lebanon has absorbed nearly one million refugees, swelling the country's population by one fifth.

On Saturday, the UN Security Council passed a resolution demanding immediate access everywhere in Syria for humanitarian aid.

The resolution, which marked a rare instance of unity on the security council, does not threaten sanctions, but does express the council's intention to take "further steps" if the resolution is not implemented.

Nearly one third of Syrians have been displaced from their homes since an uprising against President BasharalAssad began in March 2011.

About 2.5 million Syrians have become refugees while another 4.2 million are displaced within Syria, the UN estimates - about a third of the country's pre-war population.

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