Relief agencies respond to influx of displaced persons in western Syria

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Humanitarian agencies in Syria are responding to a fresh influx of 5,000 internally displaced persons in the western part of the country, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The agency says the people, who include unaccompanied children, single women and elderly people were among the latest to be displaced in the conflict-torn country at the end of last week.

IOM spokesperson, Jumbe Omari Jumbe, says the displaced people arrived in Lattakia town from 23 other towns in the east.

"They arrived in the town destitute and with no possessions at all. The Lattakia municipality opened an empty school to accommodate some 250 IDPs among them, but more shelter was needed in the town, where there is severe shortage of accommodation. The remaining IDPs are currently being sheltered by the host community." (23")

Jumbe Omari Jumbe says IOM has so far distributed essential non-food relief items to 4,000 of the displaced persons and the host community.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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