On 01 March 2013, AFAD - Disaster and Emergency Management Agency announced that the total number of Syrians registered in 17 camps in 8 provinces increased to 185,205, which is nearly a 25 per cent increase since the start of 2013. AFAD reports that during the first two months of 2013, 36,074 new arrivals have been admitted and registered in the camps.
Among those registered, more than 23,000 Syrians who have been registered in Akcakale and Ceylanpinar camps but are living outside with their relatives on permission from the camp officials.
The regional MFA Representative reports that 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.
Despite information campaigns and efforts of the local authorities, another fire incident in Akcakale camp was reported. Two tents were burnt and no causalities were reported. The camp officials of Akcakale informed that they have established 7/24 mobile fire teams in the camps to respond any fire incident.
WFP will start the food card system in Harran Container site in Sanliurfa province as of March 2013. UNHCR also supports the food card system by providing the kitchen sets, cooking sets and mini fridges to enable refugees to cook their own food. According to the agreed plan with the Turkish authorities, the system will be gradually expanded to all camps in the coming months.
According to the Government officials estimate, over 100,000 Syrians are living in urban areas mainly in Gaziantep, Kilis, and Hatay provinces. Syrians living in urban are started to be registered/enumerated by AFAD in the centres established by AFAD and run in cooperation with other govovernment offices. Syrians registered in these centres are issued an ID card which will enable them to have access to medical services. In Gaziantep, a hot line (444 50 27) has been established to counsel and refer the Syrians to relevant services.