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Turkey sets up fifth container city in Azaz, Syria

Syrians run for cover from an air strike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in the opposition controlled Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria on June 04, 2014. (Salih Mahmud Leyla - Anadolu Agency)

ALEPPO, Syria: Turkish aid organization Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) is establishing a new container city in Syria in a bid to provide shelter for displaced Syrians in a region close to the war-torn country’s borderline with Turkey.

IHH’s fifth refugee camp is being built in Sicco village in the Syrian district of Azaz, on the outskirts of Aleppo, and will consist of 1,000 containers to provide shelter for 12,000 Syrians in an area of about 900,000 square meters.

The new camp will include a refectory, health center and other social facilities.

“We have already been providing aid for the existing tent camp in Bab as-Salam region, also on the border, for the last two years,” IHH Syria Fieldwork Coordinator Serkan Oktem told Anadolu Agency.

“The container city will be our fifth camp in the region. Other aid organizations from South African Republic and Qatar also support the efforts for the camp,” he said.

Citing the irregular structuring of the tent city, Oktem stressed that Bab as-Salam region will be more organized when the Syrians living in tents are transferred to containers.

He added that there are currently a total of 16,500 people in tents in Bab as-Salam.

The coordinator pointed out the problems related to hygiene and environmental health in the camp which are triggered by lack of water, especially during the summertime.

To combat this, he said they would allocate two pest control vehicles to apply insecticide across all the camps in the region.

Turkey has continued humanitarian aid for Syrian civilians who have limited access to food and medicine since the start of the civil war, which entered its fourth year in March, internally displacing more than 6.5 million people.

Western countries should support Turkey’s burden in hosting more than 1 million Syrians, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said Wednesday.

“While Turkey hosts 1 million Syrian refugees, Western countries have only accepted to accommodate approximately 18,000 of them. In addition to the $4 billion humanitarian aid that Turkey provides for the Syrian crisis, only $210 million of international aid came to Turkey,” Atalay said during an international conference on disaster management in Azerbaijan’s Qabala city.

Atalay stated that Turkey has a total of 22 asylum centers in some 10 provinces, which is home to 221,000 Syrians, and has 800,000 more outside of the camps.

“ Turkey is not an aid-receiver country anymore, but an aider,” Atalay added.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 05, 2014, on page 8.

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Turkish aid organization Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) is establishing a new container city in Syria in a bid to provide shelter for displaced Syrians in a region close to the war-torn country's borderline with Turkey.

IHH's fifth refugee camp is being built in Sicco village in the Syrian district of Azaz, on the outskirts of Aleppo, and will consist of 1,000 containers to provide shelter for 12,000 Syrians in an area of about 900,000 square meters.

Atalay stated that Turkey has a total of 22 asylum centers in some 10 provinces, which is home to 221,000 Syrians, and has 800,000 more outside of the camps.


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