UN agency sends its largest shipment of aid items to displaced Syrians

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UNHCR staff load the relief items for Syrian IDPs from the organization’s Dubai global stockpile. [Photo: UNHCR]

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has dispatched its largest shipment of relief items so far this year to people displaced by the crisis in Syria.

The agency reports that 33 trucks carrying goods such as blankets, kitchen sets and jerry cans left its global stockpile in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday.

The relief items will travel by road across the UAE and Saudi Arabia for delivery to UNHCR's warehouse in Jordan. From there they will be sent into Syria.

Amin Awad, UNHCR Regional Refugee Coordinator, says the shipment will ensure thousands of vulnerable Syrian families receive aid in the midst of what he calls "the horrific conflict."

So far this year, UNHCR has distributed urgently needed relief items to more than 1.6 million people in Syria.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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