IRAQ / AIRLIFT SYRIA AID

18-Dec-2013 00:02:32
The UN refugee agency on Tuesday began airlifting relief items from Iraq into northeast Syria’s Al Hassakeh governorate to help more than 50,000 extremely vulnerable and displaced Syrians cope with the sudden arrival of winter following an agreement with both the Iraqi and Syrian authorities to open new aid routes. UNHCR
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STORY: IRAQ / AIRLIFT SYRIA AID
TRT: 2.32
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 DECEMBER 2013, ERBIL, IRAQ
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, supplies being loaded onto truck
2. Med shot, UNHCR emergency team man staff placing UNHCR logo stamp onto supplies
3. Wide shot, UNHCR emergency team woman placing UNHCR logo stamp onto supplies in warehouse
4. Med shot, fork lift driving past UNHCR supplies in warehouse
5. Med shot, fork lift moving supplies
6. Wide shot, fork lift moving supplies onto another truck
7. Various shots, UNHCR emergency team walking to airplane
8. Various shots, UNHCR emergency team getting into plane
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ric Hanna, Senior Supply Officer :
“Since the situation in Syria does not permit us to travel freely, its was decided we would fly non-food items, core-relief items we call them to the beneficiaries in Syria, all of Syria. Were starting in a small town call ed-Qamishly in the north, and we are targeted 10,000 house holds with these relief items which include plastic tarpaulin, kitchen sets, there are blankets jerry cans, and family hygiene kits.”
10. Various shots, fork lift driving around with supplies to load onto another truck
11. Wide shot, fork lift picking supplies by airplane
12. Med shot, UNHCR emergency team by supplies
13. Various shots, supplies being loaded onto airplane by truck
14. Med shot, airport assistant removing wheel block from airplanes wheels
15. Med shot, airplane closing up supplies compartment
16. Wide shot, airplane door closing and airplane starting to drive away
17. Wide shot, airplane riding for take off
STORYLINE
The UN refugee agency today (18 December) started an airlift of relief items from Iraq into northeast Syria’s Al Hassakeh governorate to help more than 50,000 extremely vulnerable and displaced Syrians cope with the sudden arrival of winter following an agreement with both the Iraqi and Syrian authorities to open new aid routes

UNHCR’s chartered Iluyshin IL-76 cargo aircraft landed in Qamishly loaded with 7,000 thermal blankets, 1,400 plastic tarpaulins, 1,400 kitchen sets, 4,200 sleeping mats and 1,400 jerry cans. Over the next week the refugee agency plans 12 flights from Erbil, Iraq.

The aid flights are part of an inter-agency airlift involving also the UN World Food Programme and UNICEF that commenced on Sunday with the arrival of a WFP aircraft carrying 40 metric tons of food.

The UN’s leading humanitarian agencies plan a total of 23 flights into Qamishly to reach needy families in Al Hassakeh governorate since overland deliveries of humanitarian assistance from Damascus have been perilous since May.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ric Hanna, Senior Supply Officer:
“Since the situation in Syria does not permit us to travel freely, its was decided we would fly non-food items, core-relief items we call them to the beneficiaries in Syria, all of Syria. Were starting in a small town call ed Qamishly in the north, and we are targeted 10 000 house holds with these relief items which include plastic tarpaulin, kitchen sets, there are blankets jerry cans, and family hygiene kits.”

Some 188,000 displaced persons reside in Al Hassakeh Governorate. The items being airlifted by UNHCR will help 10,000 families to survive the winter. UNHCR plans to start distributing the relief items immediately.

Over 2013 UNHCR has delivered aid to some 3.2 million people in all of Syria’s 14 governorates, distributing more than 7.7 million various relief items.

UN agencies and non-governmental partners launched a joint appeal seeking $2.3 billion for relief activities inside Syria over 2014, where UNOCHA estimates that 9.3 million people are vulnerable and need aid, including 6.5 million internally displaced persons.
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