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359,000 Syrians flee Russian-Assad offensive in Idlib

Orient Net | 2020-01-07 13:23 Damascuss

359,000 Syrians flee Russian-Assad offensive in Idlib
At least 359,471 civilians were forcibly displaced in northwestern Syria since November 1st after the attacks of Assad regime and Russia on the Idlib de-escalation zone, according to a Syrian NGO on Monday (January 6).

Fleeing attacks by the Assad regime and its allies in Idlib, over the last days some 31,000 Syrian civilians have flocked to areas close to the Turkish border, Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday.

More than 1 million Syrian IDPs live in 1395 camps in Northern Syria, of whom 121,832 IDPs live in 242 random camps, Mohammad Hallaj, the director of Syria's Response Coordination Group, told Orient Net.

More than 526 facilities were targeted during 2019, which raises the number of people in need in the northern Syrian to more than 3,89 million out of the 4.35 million civilians living in the region, Hallaj added.

The IDPs appealed to humanitarian organizations, NGOs, and INGOs to help them find solutions and alternatives to their random camps.

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Thousands of civilians are finding it difficult to find shelter due to the lack of aid and the few places where they can set up tents and infrastructure.
Most of the camps are being inundated by floods from heavy rains, in effect trapping people in lakes of mud.


White Helmets teams have been operating to meet the humanitarian calls and to address the tragic situation.

The teams are working to respond to the distress calls from the camps to channel significant floodwaters away and make the hard lives of the camp inhabitants just a little more bearable. 

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