UN confirms 15 cases of COVID-19 among Syrian refugees in Lebanon May 28, 2020 0 38 12345 DPABeirutAt least 15 Syrian refugees living in the same building in eastern Lebanon have tested positive to Covid-19, a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed Wednesday. “As of 26 May, there are 15 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among Syrian refugees in Majdal Anjar. All the infected individuals live in the same building,” said UNHCR spokeswoman Lisa Abou Khaled.She stressed that none of the infected people live in informal settlements, which are scattered in eastern Lebanon. “Up until the cases confirmed in Majdal Anjar, there had been only one confirmed Covid-19 case among Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a person who also lives in an apartment and not in an informal settlement, in northern Lebanon,” Abou Khaled added. She said that UNHCR is monitoring the cases closely with the Lebanese Health Ministry.UNHCR had initiated a testing campaign in informal settlements and collective shelters, she said, focusing on areas with high concentration of refugees such as Majdal Anjar. It was cooperating with Lebanese health authorities to do so.According to a resident in Majdel Anjar, the town close to the Syrian border has been under localized lockdown since Friday when at least 32 infected persons were detected. Lebanon’s Health Ministry confirmed 21 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing the total number in the country to 1,161 since February. Lebanon says it hosts 1.5 million Syrians, including nearly 900,000 refugees registered with the UN. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Rouhani urges Iran MPs to ‘cooperate’ as parliament opens May 28, 2020 0 59 US troop pullout from Afghanistan ahead of schedule May 28, 2020 0 64 French court rejects bail for Rwanda genocide suspect May 28, 2020 0 64 Eight Yemeni soldiers killed in rebel attack: Source AFP Dubai Eight Yemeni government troops were killed and several others wounded in a missile attack by Huthi rebels targeting the army command in the battleground province of Marib, a military official said Wednesday. .. African Development Bank chief hits back over graft accusations AFP Abidjan The president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, hit back on Wednesday at accusations of corruption and vowed to continue working. In a press statement, Adesina slammed .. Rouhani urges for stricter laws after murder of 14-year-old Tehran Following the murder of a 14-year-old Iranian girl, which sparked protests across the country, President Hassan Rowhani has called for stricter laws regarding so-called honour killings in a cabinet meeting on .. ADF militia kills dozens in eastern DR Congo AFP Beni Dozens of civilians have been killed in eastern DR Congo in the latest of a string of massacres by the notorious ADF militia, a UN source and a local NGO told AFP on Wednesday. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have .. Saudi coalition says it downed drones launched by Houthis at Najran DPA Riyadh The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen said its forces intercepted and downed drones launched by the Iranian-backed group towards the south-western Saudi city of Najran on Wednesday. The ..