International body asks for aid to Syrians in Turkey

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies launched an emergency appeal Monday for $34.1 million to help up to 170,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey, AFP reported.

"The Turkish Red Crescent Society is extending its existing response to prepare for the onset of winter and to increase its assistance to up to 170,000 displaced people over the coming months," the IFRC said in a statement.

The extra cash was expected to last for six months, Simon Eccleshall, IFRC head of disaster and crisis management, told reporters in Geneva. He acknowledged though that it was "not unimaginable that (the emergency aid) figure will need to increase," adding: "We will be regularly revising contingency plans (and perhaps) the emergency appeal." "The numbers are significant in Turkey," he said, pointing out that as of November 5, 110,649 Syrians were registered in camps in Turkey -- more than double the number in July. Turkey currently counts 14 camps, all but one of which are tent camps, and three others are under construction to accommodate the steady influx, according to the IFRC.

The extra aid would go to providing winter assistance to the around 100,000 camp-dwellers, as well as emergency food and non-food assistance to up to 20,000 people at the Turkish-Syrian border, Eccleshall said.

The emergency appeal would especially focus on providing cooking stoves, heaters, blankets and other winter items for Syrian refugees in the country as the cold sets in, as well as food and blankets to the people at the border, IFRC said.

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