Turkey: Red Crescent provides assistance to those fleeing Al-Hasakah region

Published: 12 June 2015 13:29 CET

By Stephen Ryan (@stiofanoriain), IFRC Europe

As fighting and airstrikes continue in the Al-Hasakah region of Syria, hundreds of people have been forced to flee their homes, seeking safety and refuge in Turkey. A spokesperson of Turkey’s foreign ministry has said that in the past week (3–11 June 2015), a total of 13,434 refugees have crossed from Syria into Turkey.

In response to the needs of these people, Turkish Red Crescent has continued its humanitarian relief activities, distributing high-energy biscuits and bottled water to people as they wait in line to register with the official authorities at the border near Akcakale (Sanliurfa Province). Special attention is given to women and children who are fleeing the fighting.

Turkish Red Crescent continues to monitor and assess the needs for those seeking refuge in Turkey, in close coordination with the country’s National Disaster Response Agency (AFAD) and other authorities.

These distributions are part of Turkish Red Crescent’s overall response to the growing needs of Syria people hosted in Turkey, an ongoing emergency for the country. Over 4 million people are displaced in the region since the onset of the conflict, which has been ongoing since 2011.

The IFRC has appealed for 44.6 million Swiss francs to enable Turkish Red Crescent to meet the needs of 250,000 of the most vulnerable people displaced by the fighting and hosted in Turkey.