UN seeks funding to assist fleeing Syrians

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Syrians fleeing fighting

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners have appealed for $84 million dollars to help Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq.

The funding will assist over 100,000 people mainly Syrian refugees over the next six months.

The UN Refugee agency(UNHCR) which is leading the assistance programme says the number of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey is expected to increase and there were signs of strain showing among the communities that are hosting them.

Adrian Edwards from UNHCR however says the planned assistance will not cover humanitarian needs inside Syria.

"Many refugees have arrived with limited means to cover basic needs. The plan has three objectives. The first is to ensure that Syrians and other refugees have access to neighbouring countries and international protection. The second is to provide for the basic needs of the refugees, with special attention to the most vulnerable. The third is to ensure that contingency measures are undertaken in the event of a larger-scale outflow. In Jordan, over 6,000 Syrians have registered with UNHCR since March of last year, with a further 2,500 awaiting registration. In Lebanon, over 16,000 refugees, including some 8,000 registered in the North, are currently receiving assistance. In Turkey, 17,000 Syrians are currently registered with the Government."

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