Relief aid delivered to children affected by Syrian conflict

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Syrian refugees remove snow from the roofs of their shelters in Zahle. Some of the heaviest snow seen in years has caused havoc for refugees in the Bekaa Valley as makeshift shelters strain under the weight of the snow. UNHCR/A.McConnell

Winter relief assistance is being delivered by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to help young people affected by the Syrian conflict.

UNICEF says that at least seven million internally displaced and refugee children are in desperate need of assistance as cold weather sweeps through the Middle East.

At least six children are reported to have died due to harsh weather in Syria and Lebanon.

UNICEF has delivered warm clothing, blankets, heating supplies, cash and vouchers to over 900,000 young people.

Christophe Boulierac is a Spokesperson for UNICEF in Geneva.

"We do not forget the children refugees in Jordan where winter kits and cash assistance has benefitted 100,000 vulnerable Syrian refugee children, in Turkey, where children from Kobane for instance in the City of Suruç, and of course in Iraq where winter clothing kits have been distributed to over 200,000 children in over 100 hard to reach and high altitude areas." (27")

In Iraq an increasing number of children are living in tents and are being exposed to illnesses associated with cold weather.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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