Turkish offensive displaces 167K in Syria's Afrin: UN

Turkish offensive displaces 167K in Syria's Afrin: UN

“The estimate now is 167,000 people have been displaced by hostilities in Afrin district,” Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN humanitarian agency, told reporters in Geneva.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Nearly 170,000 people have fled after a Turkish-led assault on the Kurdish-majority Syrian city of Afrin, the UN said Friday, pointing to the harrowing conditions faced by those displaced.

“The estimate now is 167,000 people have been displaced by hostilities in Afrin district,” Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN humanitarian agency, told reporters in Geneva.

He said most of those who had left had gone to nearby Tal Rifaat.

The World Health Organization (WHO) meanwhile said it had deployed mobile medical clinics and health supplies to areas hosting those displaced from Afrin, warning that health services inside the city were also lacking.

“Children, women, and men have undertaken harrowing journeys to flee Afrin and need urgent health assistance. Our staffs have met civilians who reported walking for 36 hours to reach safer areas,” WHO’s representative in Syria Elizabeth Hoff said in a statement.

Marixie Mercado, a spokesperson for the UN children’s agency, also said displaced people arriving at collective shelters in Nubul had described “running in the face of shelling, sleeping in the open, being separated from their families”.

Turkish troops seized control of Afrin city on Sunday.

According to Laerke, between 50,000 and 70,000 civilians are estimated to remain inside the city.

The health situation there is also difficult, the WHO said, pointing out that only one of four hospitals was currently functioning.




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