GENEVA / STRANDED SYRIAN REFUGEES

08-Dec-2015 00:01:32
The United Nations Refugee Agency expressed growing concern for some 12,000 people who are trying to flee Syria and are stranded in remote areas at the north eastern Jordanian border. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / STRANDED SYRIAN REFUGEES
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS
DATELINE: 08 DECEMBER 2015, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – FILE
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FILE – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Aerial shot, Palais des Nations

08 DECEMBER 2015, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“With the worsening conditions inside Syria, UNHCR is gravely concerned for some 12,000 people who are trying to flee Syria and who are now stranded in remote areas at the north eastern Jordanian border, and they are facing deteriorating conditions.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“There have been medical complaints that include respiratory tract infections, gastroenteritis and skin diseases such as scabies. The health situation is deteriorating. There are signs of diarrhoea, vomiting and acute malnutrition among the children. If refugees are not admitted to Jordan and substantial assistance is not provided, the lives of refugees will be at risk in the coming winter months.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“Today UNHCR appeals to the government of Jordan to allow refugees stranded at the border to enter the country, prioritising entry for the most vulnerable adults and children, including serious and emergency medical and surgical cases, pregnant women, children below six months together with their families and also the severely disabled.”
8. Med shots, journalists
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STORYLINE
The United Nations Refugee Agency expressed growing concern for some 12,000 people who are trying to flee Syria and are stranded in remote areas at the north eastern Jordanian border.

UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming said today (08 Dec) in Geneva that these people are facing deteriorating humanitarian conditions and will be "at risk" in the coming months as winter sets in.

UNHCR is appealing to the government of Jordan to allow the stranded refugees to enter the country. The agency said that entry should be prioritised for the most vulnerable adults and children, including serious and emergency medical and surgical cases, pregnant women, children below six months old and their families and the severely disabled.

Jordan is currently hosting more than 630,000 refugees, which has put a heavy strain on its infrastructure and economy.

The majority of Syrians who are stranded at the country’s border are in Rukban, which is about 8 kilometres to the west of the point at which the Iraq, Syria and Jordan borders meet. The refugees have gathered near an earthen wall, called a 'berm', on Jordanian territory in a rocky area that is without shade, water or vegetation.

The number of people who are fleeing the worsening situation inside Syria and have arrived on the Jordanian border has risen sharply since the start of November, from 4,000 to 12,000.

Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for UNHCR, said that the health situation for these refugees is deteriorating: “There have been medical complaints including respiratory tract infections, gastroenteritis and skin diseases such as scabies. There are signs of diarrhoea, vomiting and acute malnutrition among children. If refugees are not admitted to Jordan and substantial assistance not provided, the lives of refugees will be at risk in the coming winter months.”

UNHCR said that the Azraq camp, which is some 320 kilometres from Rukban, has room to accommodate additional people. The agency has also provided considerable support in recent months to improve the capacity of the Ruwaished transfer facility to allow the proper screening and processing of newly arrived refugees from the Jordanian border.
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