United Nations Refugee Agency opens office in Southern Syria

pubil«As part of an ongoing plan to expand the reach of its humanitarian efforts in Syria, the United Nations refugee agency has opened a field office and warehouse in the southern city of Sweida and stocked it with aid items for onward delivery to thousands of internally displaced civilians.[…]

Tarik Kurdi, UNHCR’s representative in Syria, said the agency will now be able to distribute relief supplies in the southern governorates without the need to transfer them to Damascus first. The aid will be distributed to the neediest among an estimated 550,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in the neighbouring governorates of Sweida and Dara’a.[…]

The opening of the office and warehouse in Sweida is part of a policy aimed at expanding UNHCR’s humanitarian operation to support the increasing number of IDPs – there are believed to be more than 6.5 million across the country.[…].»

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Source : UN News Centre