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Argentina to send humanitarian team to help Syrian refugees

English.news.cn   2012-08-07 11:26:13            

BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Argentina announced on Monday that it will send a humanitarian team to Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan to help refugees fleeing violence in conflict-torn Syria.

The team, consisting of Argentine humanitarian experts, will be sent to the region in northern Iraq under a regional response plan for Syria which is being coordinated by the the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

"Due to the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic since January 2011, the UN High Commissioner asked for the support of our country to manage the Dormiz camp, in Duhok province, in northern Iraq," the Argentine Foreign Ministry said.

"The UN's request for reinforcements falls within the

framework of the relationship between Argentina and the UNHCR...defined in the Cooperation Agreement signed between the Argentine Foreign Ministry and the UNHCR," it said.

The team will develop projects for potable water and sewage, psychological and social counseling and community cohesion in the camp, which currently accomondates an estimated 2,500 refugees.

The Argentinean mission will travel to Amman, Jordan, at the end of this month, before moving to Duhok, which is also spelled Duhuk.

The team is expected to remain at the refugee camp for about one month as requested by the UNHCR.

A total of 120,000 Syrians had sought protection in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey as of July 22, since March 2011 when unrest and violence flared up in the country, the UNHCR said.

Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region recently said it has received more than 9,000 Syrian refugees.

Among those who fled in recent days reportedly included Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab, who left the country on Monday to Jordan along with his family while the Syrian government announced that he was sacked from his post without any clarification of the reasons.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday that "the multiplication of defections by politicians, military and senior diplomats is the sign of the inevitable weakening of the clan in power in Syria."


Editor: en_hl
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