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In March 2014, a UN inter-agency convoy delivered emergency supplies to Qamishli in northern Syria via the Nusaybin border crossing with Turkey. It was the first time that humanitarian assistance has been able to enter Syria via Turkey since the conflict began.

Due to the on-going fighting, access to Hassakeh governorate is severely restricted, with travel by air the only practical option. Although the governorate shares a border with Turkey, supplies have not in general been permitted to enter via Turkey.

Both Turkey and Syria agreed to the UN convoy in March.

Five of the trucks carried UNICEF supplies, including water kits, family hygiene kits, baby hygiene kits and blankets. The kits include essential materials for conflict-affected families such as towels, shampoo, sanitary napkins, baby rash cream, toothpaste, soap, toothbrushes, buckets and washing powder.

To date, UNICEF supplies that entered via Turkey have reached tens of thousands of vulnerable families in Hassakeh governorate. For example, 976 water kits (each kit with sufficient supplies for 10 families) have been distributed, reaching close to 50,000 people. At the same time, blankets have reached over 35,000 people while family hygiene kits have benefited more than 38,000 people.

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