• The Government of Turkey announced that the total number of Syrians who sought protection in Turkey is estimated to be about 400,000. As of 12 March 2013, 188,387 of them are registered and accommodated in 17 camps established in 8 provinces. Some 200,000 are estimated to be living in urban areas mainly in Gaziantep, Kilis, Hatay, Sanliurfa provinces.
• AFAD - Disaster and Emergency Management Agency - announced that during the period of 08-12 March 3,579 new arrival Syrians were registered in the camps while 1,458 Syrians voluntarily returned to Syria.
• According to the local officials, some 8,000 Syrians are registered by the Coordination Centers in Gazinatep center and about 7,500 Syrians are registered in Nizip as urban population. Authorities informed UNHCR that about 32,000 Syrians are given appointments to be registered in Gaziantep pending registration until Oct. 2013. The same registration process of urban Syrians is also taking place in Kilis and is planned to take place in Sanliurfa as well. With the card issued to the urban Syrians they have access to medical assistance as well as other assistance programs in the cities by the Governorates.
• UN High Commissioner Mr. Antonio Guterres, visited South East region of Turkey during 09-12 March and met with Government officials in Ankara as well as visited the Nizip-1 camp, and the Coordination Center in Gaziantep run jointly with AFAD and Gaziantep Governorate.
• UNHCR continues to support the Government of Turkey to respond the Syria Emergency. Apart from the additional tents and the kitchen/cooking sets provided in the camps to support the food card Program of WFP, UNHCR also signed and agreement with AFAD to provide support in establishment of 10 more Coordination Centers to facilitate the registration of the Syrians living in urban areas.
• On 13 March 2013, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Valerie Amos visited the Kilis Oncupinar Container site, met with the local authorities and also Syrian refugee representatives.
• In Gaziantep UNHCR visited a school which was opened by the municipality for the Syrian children. UNHCR was informed that about 600 Syrian children are attending to school from 1-8 grade classes, 5 days a week. Reportedly the Syrian teachers are working in the school paid by Gaziantep Municipality and the Syrian curriculum is applied. Additional to children there are also 378 Syrian adults attending to Turkish language classes.