Dire conditions in Syria displaced persons camp: UN

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-11 04:14:42|Editor: yan
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UNITED NATIONS, April 10 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations is trying to get assistance to the approximately 40,000 people in Rukban camp on the Syria-Jordan border who live in "dire" conditions, a UN spokesman said on Wednesday.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said the world organization lacks full access to shelters, but welcomes "all efforts to find durable solutions for the people of Rukban in southeast Syria along the border with Jordan."

"Pending the realization of durable solutions for the population of Rukban, the UN also continues to strongly advocate for additional assistance to be provided," Dujarric said. "Conditions for the approximately 40,000 displaced women, children and men at Rukban are dire."

"The UN is providing limited support to the evacuees through the Red Crescent, including food, nutrition, water, hygiene kits, and medical services," he said.

A survey in February conducted by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent indicated 95 percent of those who participated "expressed a desire to leave but also had expressed protection concerns," the spokesman said.

Between March 23 and Wednesday 1,726 people reportedly left the camp for collective shelters in and around Homs, Syria, Dujarric said.