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Syria's main Western-backed opposition group calls on world to help Syrian refugees amid storm

  • A Syrian woman removes snow from around her tent at a refugee camp in al-Majdal village, Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Snow fell in the Middle East as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing at least two Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands of others who have fled their country civil war to huddle for warmth in refugee camps. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    A Syrian woman removes snow from around her tent at a refugee camp in al-Majdal village, Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Snow fell in the Middle East as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing at least two Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands of others who have fled their country civil war to huddle for warmth in refugee camps. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Syrian girl makes a snowman outside her tent at a refugee camp in al-Majdal village, Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Snow fell in the Middle East as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing at least two Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands of others who have fled their country civil war to huddle for warmth in refugee camps. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    A Syrian girl makes a snowman outside her tent at a refugee camp in al-Majdal village, Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Snow fell in the Middle East as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing at least two Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands of others who have fled their country civil war to huddle for warmth in refugee camps. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • An old Syrian man helped by his grandson walks on the snow at their refugee camp in al-Faour village, Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Snow fell in the Middle East as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing at least two Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands of others who have fled their country civil war to huddle for warmth in refugee camps. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    An old Syrian man helped by his grandson walks on the snow at their refugee camp in al-Faour village, Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Snow fell in the Middle East as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing at least two Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands of others who have fled their country civil war to huddle for warmth in refugee camps. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

Syria's main Western-backed opposition group is appealing to the international community to help Syrian refugees and internally displaced suffering amid a snowstorm that has killed at least five people.

The Syrian National Coalition's interim premier, Ahmad Touma, said in Istanbul on Thursday that the situation on the ground is "catastrophic" because of low temperatures and lack of tents in refugee camps.

The storm killed three Syrians in Lebanon and two in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday.

The wintry weather, which struck much of the Mideast on Tuesday, mostly silenced the guns in Syria and grounded government warplanes because of bad visibility.

Touma says that over the past two months alone, some 2,000 families have fled the violence and that 800 of them are without shelter.