Amman/Damascus, 2 March 2015- UNICEF and other UN agencies rushed in emergency assistance including food, water and hygiene kits to meet the immediate needs of thousands of people – including many women and children — who have arrived in the cities of Al-Hassakeh and Qamishli in north eastern Syria
The displaced civilians fled the threat of armed conflict in February in the area of Tel Tamer and surrounding villages, close to the border with Turkey.
Other non-food items such as blankets, mattresses and kitchen sets were also distributed.
In Al-Hassakeh city, UNICEF has installed two 5,000-litre water tanks as a temporary solution to ensure water is available to displaced people sheltering in a public facility.
UNICEF has dispatched 500 winter clothing sets to Al-Hassakeh city to help efforts to protect children from the winter weather currently sweeping across Syria and parts of the Middle East region
The Syrian conflict has rendered nearly 7.6 million people internally displaced in Syria, half of them children. A significant number of children continue to be trapped in hard-to-reach areas.