TIKA chief visits Syria refugees in N. Lebanon

BEIRUT (AA) – A delegation from the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) is currently visiting Lebanon's northern Akkar province to assess the situation of Syrian refugees living there.

"The visit aims to provide help to Syrian refugees," TIKA Chairman Serdar Cam told The Anadolu Agency on Friday.

He said the Turkish agency had provided blankets, foodstuff and fuel to around 11,000 Syrian families in northern Lebanon's Kouachra and Aydamoun districts.

"The assistance aims to help ease the suffering of Syrian refugees during the current severe snow snap," Cam said.

On Thursday, TIKA distributed urgent food aid to some 1,100 Turkmen refugee families who had fled the conflict in Syria to neighboring Lebanon.

Syria, which shares a border with Lebanon, has been in the throes of civil war since mid-2011, when a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad escalated into an armed insurrection following a violent government crackdown.

In the more than three years since, some 1.2 million Syrians – including thousands of Turkmen – have sought refuge in Lebanon, according to the UN refugee agency.

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