QAMISHLY, Syria – The UN World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), and UNICEF have started airlifting urgently needed humanitarian aid from Erbil, Iraq, to Qamishly in northeast Syria as displaced families start to face one of the harshest winters ever as winter storm “Alexa” dumped large amounts of snow and brought cold temperatures to the region.

Baghdad, 15 December 2013 – The United Nations in Iraq announces that the first WFP chartered flight that will allow UN relief agencies (WFP and UNICEF) to resupply their warehouses in Eastern Syria took off today from Erbil airport to Eastern Syria. The flight, which transported around 4 tons of food items provided by WFP, is the first of several others which will transport a total of 400 metric tons of WFP provided food items, as well as 24 tons of UNICEF provided food items and 196 kg of medical kits, from their reserves in Iraq.

Baghdad, 30 October 2013; As the humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, more innocent people find themselves obligated to flee violence and seek refuge in the neighbouring countries. With the increasing number of Syrian refugees in Iraq, urgent challenges arise on many levels.

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