UNHCR Turkey Syrian Daily Sitrep 28 Feb 2013

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 28 Feb 2013 View Original

Highlights

• On 27 Feb 2013, the number of Syrians registered in 17 camps in 8 provinces is 184,585, which is a 24% increase since the start of 2013. During the 24hrs of 26-27 Feb 2013, 327 Syrians were reported by AFAD as new arrivals which brings the total number of new arrivals 35,809 and the number of voluntary returns during the same period is 15,410.

• Turkish officials estimate that there are over 100,000 non-camp Syrians living in various provinces mainly Gaziantep, Kilis, Hatay and Sanliurfa. Local authorities informed UNHCR that non-camp Syrians are registered/enumerated in coordination centers in Gaziantep and Kilis managed jointly by AFAD and Governorates. In these Centers, Syrians are issued an ID card which give them access to medical assistance as well as assistance mechanisms provided through the sub governorates. In Gaziantep, an estimated 6,000 non-camp Syrians are registered with the coordination centre and more than 25,000 are pending registration appointments. Similar centers are also intended to be opened in Sanliurfa and Osmaniya.

• UNHCR Field Teams are in contact with the local authorities of the provinces to gather information on the registration/enumeration process of the non-camp Syrians as well as the assistance provided. Reportedly in some provinces, hot meals are provided from the "soup kitchens" and in Gaziantep, through the ID Card issued, Syrians can have access to medical services.

• As per information from Regional MFA Representative, the number of Syrians in IDP camps on the Syrian side of the border (Hatay and Kilis) have increased and is estimated to be about 50,000. Reportedly 10,000 Syrians are across Kilis border while some 40,000 are across Hatay borders of Reyhanli, Yayladagi and Altinozu towns.

• UNHCR learned, through the media and other souces, that a group of newly-arriving Syrians entered into a confrontation at the Harran Container Camp during the evening hours of Tuesday, 26 February 2013 as they tried to seek camp accommodation. Many of the new -comers had family members in the camp, however, there was not sufficient space to accommodate the demand. Some camp officials and Syrians were injured. AFAD reports that the situation is now stabilized, and that some of the new arrivals have been accommodated in the camp.