Palestinians in Syria in need of humanitarian assistanceListen /
Nearly 250,000 Palestinian refugees living in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).
The agency says the refugees need to be supported with food and health services as well as cash for those who lost their jobs following the widespread closure of small scale businesses.
The agency has appealed for US $ 54 million to assist Palestinians affected by the Syrian crisis.
The head of UNRWA Filippo Grandi is urging neighbouring countries not to turn away Palestinian refugees who may flee the on going conflict in Syria.
"The bulk of what we appealed for focuses on assistance in Syria to try and stabilize people that are tempted to move to look for livelihood in other places. Should any outflow happen, big or small, it is important that Lebanon Jordan or any neighbouring countries of Syria keep their border open also to Palestinians. Today if you flee conflict in Syria whoever you are should not be sent back forcibly. This conflict does not look at people at who they are."
About 4,000 Palestinian refugee living in Syria have so far sought refuge in Jordan and Lebanon.