Situation in Syria complex and challenging: UNHCR

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Syrian refugees wait at a UNHCR distribution centre in Za’atri refugee camp in Jordan.© UNHCR/J.Tanner

The situation inside Syria and in the surrounding host States has become the most complex and challenging, according to Erika Feller, the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at the UN refugee agency-UNHCR.

She told the Human Rights Council in Geneva that the humanitarian impact of the two years of the crisis was enormous with the numbers getting close to one million Syrian refugees.

“ In Jordan, an arrival rate of some 3000 a day is becoming commonplace. By mid-year, if this continues, over 16% of the population inside Jordan will comprise Syrian refugees. The host states including Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and North African countries have been exemplary in their different ways, but we fear the pressures will start to overwhelm their capacities. The resources available are just not enough, and the rate they are coming in is too slow.”

Ms. Feller said the tools for burden-sharing need urgent reflection.

She noted that inside Syria, the number of displaced persons is estimated to have reached over two million.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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