UN refugee agency delivers aid to north-west Syria

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The UNHCR convoy, which carried 200 tonnes of aid comprising tents and blankets. © UNHCR/A.Solumsmoen

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday completed its second aid delivery into north-western Syria where thousands of internally displaced people are in acute need of humanitarian assistance.

UNHCR says the convoy of seven trucks carrying 1,000 tents and 15,000 blankets, travelled from Latakia and Damascus to the Bab al-Hawa area near the Syrian-Turkish border where the aid was delivered.

In January the agency transported 2,000 tents and 15,000 blankets from Latakia on the Syrian coast to A'zaz also close to the Syrian-Turkish border.

According to UNHCR, the refugee numbers continue to grow in neighbouring countries where there are now over 800,000 registered refugees or those awaiting registration.

The agency says that since the start of this year more than 5,000 people have been registered every day or waiting to be registered as refugees.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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