Winter affects refugee families in Middle East

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Syrian refugees remove snow from their shelters at an informal tented settlement in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. © UNHCR/A.McConnell

Severe winter conditions are impacting refugee and displaced families in the Middle East, the UN warns.

In Syria, several camps for displaced persons in northern Idleb along the border with Turkey have been flooded after days of icy rain and snow.

Relief workers have been distributing more emergency aid, including for families located near the crossing points into Turkey.

Stéphane Dujarric, UN Spokesperson has more.

"In Jordan, most roads in northern and central regions have either been fully or partially closed as the storms intensify with snow and icy conditions. UN agencies and NGOs have begun an emergency cash programme to assist 41,000 vulnerable Syrian refugee children in Za'atari and Azraq camps. And in Lebanon, the storms have blocked large parts of the northern Bekaa region and northern Lebanon where more than half of the Syrian refugee population resides."

Before the storm, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its partners provided winter assistance to about 80 per cent of refugee families living in high altitude areas in northern Lebanon.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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