Innocent civilians the victims of the ongoing conflict in Syria: UNHCR

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UNHCR protection official Erika Feller visited Za’atri camp, where preparations for winter are well under way. These men are carrying metal sheeting to provide a covered area for cooking. UNHCR/B.Sokol

A top official of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR)  says innocent civilians were the prime victims of the on-going conflict in Syria.

Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Erika Feller, visited refugees in Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp and noted that many of the refugees were elderly and clearly traumatized.

Adrian Edwards is the Spokesperson for UNHCR.

” Feller said the conflict was disproportionately affecting civilians – at least 2.5 million of them – and called on both sides to ensure that those who have fled their homes throughout the country were able to reach safety. In some areas, insecurity has reached to the country's borders, making escape to neighbouring states especially perilous.”

Duration:  19″

Preparations for winter are well underway in the camp, where overnight temperatures are now dropping to 1 degree Celsius. Tents are being reinforced and better insulated to protect against the weather, including the addition of "porches" where gas heaters are being placed.

Nearly half a million Syrians are registered in the neighboring countries of Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’01″

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