UNICEF airlifts emergency supplies to help over 20,000 Syrian children in Iraq

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The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) is scaling up its assistance to thousands of Syrian refugee children and their families in Iraq.

According to the agency, a plane carrying 100 tonnes of supplies arrived in Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq on Sunday evening.

UNICEF says the supplies include water tanks, tap stands, latrine equipment, water purification tablets, testing kits, oral rehydration solution as well as emergency health and hygiene.

There is also material for early childhood development and recreation as well as temporary schools and safe spaces, among other items, the agency adds.

UNICEF says the supplies were urgently airlifted from its global supply warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, to respond to the growing needs of Syrian refugees in Iraq.

The UN children's agency estimates that there are now more than 200,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq with approximately 50,000 of them arriving in the last two and a half weeks alone.

It says half of the new arrivals are children.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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