Violence has pushed 30,000 Syrians out of their country

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Syrians fleeing violence

About 30,000 Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR.

The refugees are mainly in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

A greater number has been displaced internally with the Syrian Red Crescent estimating that up to 200,000 Syrians have been displaced internally.

Panos Moumtzis who has been appointed by UNHCR to head its operations to assist Syrian refugees says the agency was boosting its operations in the three countries to provide humanitarian assistance to the refugee's  who are being accommodated by host communities.

He says internally displaced persons must be given safe passage to escape the violence and seek humanitarian assistance.

"When the refugees arrived in the neighbouring countries, they talked about violence inside the country; they fled in order to be in a safe environment. They were concerned about their protection. We have put a contingency plan and like in any other situation around the world we try to be as well prepared as we can to ensure a rapid response to ensure efficiency in delivery. Time is of essence during the crisis. We would like obviously to see when civilians flee a conflict to be able to flee or go to a safe location in safety and their path should be clear of any dangers for their lives."

Duration:  36″

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