UNHCR humanitarian aid convoy reaches displaced people in northern Syria


GENEVA, February 1 (UNHCR) The UN refugee agency has this week completed a first delivery of winter emergency relief to the Azzas area of northern Syria where thousands of internally displaced people are living in makeshift camps.


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  A Syrian woman stands among displaced people waiting to receive clothes in the Azzas region. © REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Two hundred metric tons of tents and blankets (15,000 blankets; 3,000 tents) were airlifted last weekend from UNHCR's central warehouse in Copenhagen to a civilian airport near Latakia on the Syrian coast. From there, it was transported by road in an eight-truck convoy to an area between Aleppo and the Syrian-Turkish border.

The operation was only possible thanks to the logistics support of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the agreement and cooperation of the Syrian government and facilitation by the Syrian National Coalition. This allowed the convoy to safely reach people in need, in a strictly humanitarian and non-political operation.

In neighboring countries the refugee numbers have continued to grow this week and 728,553 Syrians are now either registered as refugees or awaiting registration. This number comprises 237,623 in Lebanon; 227,484 in Jordan; 163,161 in Turkey; 79,769 in Iraq; 14,478 in Egypt and 6,338 in North Africa.

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Please find below a bystander video of UNHCR - Red Crescent relief convoy arriving in Azaz, N. Syria:


Photos from the aid convoy:

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The UNHCR convoy carried 200 tons of aid, specifically tents and blankets.


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A father and his sons carry away their new family tent in Kerama Camp, northern Syria, close to Bab Al-Hawa border crossing.

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The distribution of tens and blankets gave children something new to do amid the uncertainty.

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Two youngsters keep watch over family tents. Many of the displaced in Kerama are older people or women and children. The camp is in a mountainous region where it gets very cold in winter.

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The drainage system needs to be repaired in Kerama, where it gets very muddy.


All photos © UNHCR/A. Solumsmoen