10,000 Syrians flee into Turkey
More than 10,000 Syrian refugees are being sheltered by Turkish authorities in four camps along the Turkey-Syria border, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.
Since 7 June up to 1,000 refugees have been crossing from Syrian into Turkey every day.
UNHCR says it took part in a government organized mission to the Syrian town of Jisr Al Shugour on Monday.
The agency says there was evidence of mass displacement as the town had been emptied of its population. Adrian Edwards is from UNHCR.
“A UNHCR staff member reported that villages were increasingly empty from around 40 kilometres away from Jisr al Shugour. There was no evidence of people working in the fields. Jisr al Shugour itself was almost deserted, with most shops shuttered and closed. The mission was shown the scene of the battle and did not focus on humanitarian needs. No displaced populations were encountered, but the fact that Jisr al Shughour and surrounding villages are empty indicates significant displacement. UNHCR met briefly with staff of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent who described food and medicine shortages in the area. Other than this brief interaction, the mission was not able to conduct any humanitarian assessments.”
UNHCR says efforts by the Turkish authorities to provide protection, shelter and cater for the needs of Syrian refugees were commendable, although there are concerns over the well being of women and children who comprise over 50 per cent of the refugee population.