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Despite huge challenges in access UNICEF delivers much needed supplies to North Eastern Syria

2015-04-14

GENEVA/DAMASCUS 14 April 2014 - UNICEF completed the delivery of 43 trucks of much needed humanitarian supplies to Qamishli, north east of Syria.

The trucks passed through the Nusyabin crossing point in Turkey over the past few days and will reach 2.3 million people in need.

“The delivery of this much needed humanitarian assistance comes at a critical time when access all over Syria is becoming a challenge for UNICEF and other humanitarian actors” said Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria.

The shipment includes water treatment products, hygiene and baby kits, water purification tablets, washing powder and soap, diarrhoeal disease sets, and midwifery kits.

The assistance will target the recently displaced people who have sought refuge in the area fleeing violence in Al-Hassakeh city, Tal Abyad, rural areas of Deir Az-Zour, Rural Damascus and Homs.

UNICEF estimates that there are around 1 million children in need of humanitarian assistance in north eastern Syria. Across the country there are more than 5.6 million Syrian children in urgent need including more than two million living in hard to reach areas with limited or no access to humanitarian assistance.

“This is a significant break-through but it’s certainly not enough and we will need more to reach children impacted by the conflict across the country especially those living in hard-to-reach areas” added Singer.

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