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World Bank chief calls on donors to help Lebanon

June 3, 2014

BEIRUT (AP) The president of the World Bank says Lebanon is reaching "breaking point" in terms of its ability to deal with the massive influx of Syrian refugees.

Speaking in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press after visiting with Syrian refugee students at a public school east of Beirut, Jim Yong Kim urged international donors to increase their financial support to the tiny Arab country.

Lebanon, home to 4.5 million people, is struggling to cope with the presence of more than a million refugees in Syria.

Kim said: "The tensions here are very high." He warned that many Lebanese feel they have been pushed into poverty because of the refugees.

Kim's visit is the first by a World Bank president to Lebanon in 14 years.

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Source: Associated Press

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