Lebanon's Higher Relief Committee announced Tuesday (July 10th) that it curtailed aid for the thousands of Syrian refugees staying in the country because of a lack of funds.
"We stopped providing food and hospitalisation at 12 pm Tuesday given that the number of refugees has risen dramatically," said Ibrahim Bashir, head of the committee, according to Lebanon's The Daily Star.
"Hospital bills are extremely high," he said. "In June alone the bill reached $1.2 million."
The committee's annual budget is $4 million, drawn primarily from donations and government funding. In March, Lebanon's Finance Ministry approved $2 million in stop-gap funds to prevent the organisation from closing, but now the committee needs more funding.
The committee is currently re-evaluating its aid distribute methods and will soon set a new budget.
There are an estimated 30,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Bashir said the actual number may be closer to 60,000.