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UNHCR Starts Delivery Of Core Relief Items In Northeastern Syria

DAMASCUS, July 10 (Bernama) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has begun delivery of emergency core relief items for 50,000 people in northeastern Syria, Xinhua news agency reports.

The first round of delivery was airlifted Wednesday from Damascus to the city of Qamishli as part of an operation involving 11 continuous rotations.

Wednesday's shipment carried 22 tonnes of non-food relief supplies provided by the World Food Programme.

The shipment consists of kitchen utensils, cleaning materials, blankets, summer clothes, floor mats, insulators and water containers.

Since the beginning of 2014, the UNHCR has delivered core relief items to more than 2.5 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in 13 out of Syria's 14 governorates.

The UNHCR currently has nearly 425 staff in Syria working in seven offices across the country to deal with some 6.5 million IDPs and 34,000 refugees.

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