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UN aid group: Situation in Syrian refugee camp is dire.

Newly displaced Syrian children arrive to a refugee camp in Atimah village, Idlib province, Syria. File photo: September 11, 2018


A UN aid group warned on Saturday that thehumanitarian situation is "quite dire" at a desert refugee camp inSyria where thousands of people are stranded. "The humanitarian situation at Rukban is quiet dire. It's pure deserthere, barely nothing grows," said Marwa Awad, a spokeswoman for theWorld Food Programme (WFP) in Syria."This is one of the worst humanitarian situations I've seen," shetold dpa. On Wednesday, the United Nations in collaboration with the Syrian Red Crescent dispatched its largest aid convoy in war-devastated war tothousands of refugees at the Rukban camp near the border withJordan. "We don't have access, you can't go and bring aid and get back tothem," Awad said."We've doubled assistance because we don't know when we can comeback," she added.The camp is located in southern Syria, 265 kilometres away from thecapital Damascus, and is home to around 40,000 displaced Syrians. Most of the refugees in Rukban fled areas in eastern Syria that hadfallen to the Islamic State extremist group and were trapped afterJordanian authorities closed the border.In June 2017, Jordan declared the Rukban area a military zone afteran attack claimed by Islamic State targeted a nearby border post,killing six soldiers.

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Publication:Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Feb 9, 2019
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