12 Feb 2014 07:00
Hundreds of families are coming across the border daily to flee the shelling in latest military offensive in Yabrud, Syria. The refugees we spoke to -- who had literally just gotten off the lorries they had used to travel across the border -- were visibly shell-shocked from their trip, which has gotten increasingly dangerous. Several spoke to us about Syrian regime aircraft actively targeting fleeing refugees. They're settling in makeshift camps on land that is technically Lebanese territory, but is beyond the last Lebanese army checkpoint and is therefore considered no-man's land. Their situation is devastating - most have no running water, over three families are living in each tent, there are no bathrooms or steady food supplies, and aid organizations are rarely making their way out into this area. The refugees are too afraid to move past Arsal because of the Hezbollah-controlled areas in the Bekaa, and others are even too scared to enter Arsal itself. So they're stuck, with shelling on one side of the border and an unfriendly Lebanese government on the other.