UN, partner wrap up aid delivery to Syria's Rukban

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-01 02:45:03|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have wrapped up a humanitarian delivery to support some 15,000 residents of Syria's Rukban camp for a month, a UN spokesman said Monday.

At a press briefing, Stephane Dujarric said from Sept. 26 to 29, the two organizations successfully completed a convoy to Rukban, along the Jordanian border, to provide humanitarian aid, citing the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The distribution of food and nutrition supplies wrapped up the delivery, which began earlier in September to help some 15,000 people for one month, he added.

Stephane said the convoy was also to support voluntary departures from the camp.

"More than 600 people were given legal and protection counselling," he said. "More than 100 medical consultations were also carried out."

The UN and the Red Crescent also helped the first group of 329 people to voluntarily leave Rukban for collective shelters in government-controlled Homs, he noted.

Needs assessment carried out last month found that, out of Rukban's estimated population of 15,000, some 37 percent wanted to leave and 47 percent wanted to stay, while the remaining 16 percent were undecided, according to the spokesman.