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Humanitarian assistance needed to help Syrian refugees

16 October 2012

Victoria Nuland, a US State Department spokesperson, spoke at a daily briefing of the need to help fill gaps in the UN’s appeal for humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees.

“[The US] is working with all of our partners around the world to encourage them to help fill the remaining unfilled portions of the UN’s appeal, the Syria portion and the portion in neighbouring countries. Particularly in Turkey and Jordan, the need is urgent now”

Speaking of the decision made by Turkey on Friday to ban civilian flight paths over the country, she said that the US “certainly supports the decision” and reminded attendees that Turkey was also willing to make concession to this rule for humanitarian cases.

Syria’s civil war, now ongoing for 19 months, has resulted in over 350,000 Syrians fleeing the troubled country to become refugees in the neighbouring countries of  Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.  The UN Refugee Agency has said that thousands more have fled but without seeking international assistance.

 

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