Syria conflict has ‘profound’ impact on Lebanon, Jordan: WB

June 3, 2014 1:32 am

Chief of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim has said the conflict in Syria has cost Lebanon $7.5bn, as it struggles to cope with hosting more than a million refugees from the neighbouring country, AFP has reported. “We estimated last summer that the impact of the crisis on Lebanon was $7.5bn,” Kim said in Jeddah, which he visited in the first stop of a regional tour. The conflict has had a “profound” impact on Lebanon and Jordan, which also hosts around 600,000 Syrian refugees, Kim said, adding that the World Bank is trying “as much as possible” to help the two countries that host the largest Syrian refugee populations..