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Fire Turns Syrian Refugee Camp in Lebanon to 'Ashes'

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This photo provided by the Qab Elias Emergency Services, shows smoke billows from a Syrian refugee camp in Qab Elias, a village in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, July 2, 2017.

A fire has killed at least one person at a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

Flames and thick clouds of black smoke were seen rising from the settlement Sunday near the town of Qab Elias, about an hour from the capital Beirut.

Around 100 tents were burned, leaving the camp in "ashes", with only a few bathrooms at the edge of the settlement left in tact, a member of emergency services told the Associated Press.

More than one million registered Syrian refugees live in Lebanon, largely in settlements in Bekaa, near the countries' border.

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