Second aid airlift arrives in Hasaka within UNHCR airbridge

Hasaka, SANA – A second aid airlift of an airbridge opened by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to transfer aid arrived in Qamishli airport in the northeastern province of Hasaka.

Earlier, the UNHCR announced running the first aid airlifts to northeastern Syria.

The airbridge will include 11 airlifts to deliver basic relief supplies from Damascus to 50, 000 people covered by the UNHCR in the northeastern areas of Syria.

The aid, according to a statement by the international agency, totals 440 metric tons and comprises 50,000 thermal blankets, 10,000 plastic sheets, 30,000 mats, 10,000 water bottles, 10,000 utensils, 10,000 health kits, 20,000 sanitary napkins and 32,000 diapers.

Chief of the UNHCR mission in Syria Tareq al-Kurdi said the UNHCR has since the beginning of 2014 delivered basic relief materials to more than 2.5 million people in 13 out of 14 provinces, including difficult-to-reach areas.

The newly-announced humanitarian operation, he said, is supplementary to three previous airlift operations carried out by the UNHCR to Qamishli city in the northeast of the country in mid and late 2013 and in February 2014.

Aid supplies were also delivered by land through Nasibin-Qamishli border crossing.

15,000 of internally displaced people in Qamishli have received aid, and over 50,000 children have been provided vaccines.

The UNHCR now includes about 425 employees working at 7 offices based in Damascus, Homs, Aleppo, Hasaka, Qamishli, Tartous and most recently in the southern province of Sweida.

The first airlift arrived yesterday in Hasaka carrying on board 22 tons of non-food relief stuff.

H. Said



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