UN concerned about Syrian refugees amid winter storm

UN concerned about Syrian refugees amid winter storm
# 12 December 2013 22:49 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The United Nations has expressed concern about the condition of Syrian refugees struggling with the harsh winter weather in neighboring countries such as Lebanon, APA reports quoting Press TV.

Syrian refugees are grappling with freezing weather as storm Alexia sweeps across the Middle East.

The blustery storm has made it difficult for charity and aid agencies to reach some areas.

Severe weather has particularly hit Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley that hosts thousands of Syrian refugees.

"We are worried, because it is really cold in the Bekaa region (in Lebanon), and we're extremely worried about the refugees living in makeshift shelters, because many are really substandard," said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a statement released on Thursday.

Charity organizations say cold conditions would result in spreading respiratory illnesses among Syrian refugees sheltering in their country as well as Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.

According to the UN, over two million Syrian refugees live in the neighboring countries, with at least half of them children.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence.

The UN recently warned against the humanitarian situation in Syria, saying that over nine million people are in need of urgent aid due to the crisis in the Middle Eastern country.

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