- Title: East Aleppo refugees receive aid in government-controlled area
- Date: 1st December 2016
- Summary: JIBREEN, WESTERN ALEPPO, SYRIA (DECEMBER 1, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE IN SHELTER WOMAN SITTING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE IN SHELTER WOMAN HOLDING CHILD MAN SITTING WITH CHILD MAHMOUD ZAKARIYA, REFUGEE WITH HIS HEAD BANDAGED, SITTING WITH HIS FAMILY MAHMOUD ZAKARIYA WITH HEAD BANDAGED VARIOUS OF MAHMOUD ZAKARIYA WITH HIS FAMILY (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE, MAHMOUD ZAKARIYA, SAYING: "I am concerned about my children and country. I wish Syria returned to the way it was five years ago, the country of safety, prosperity" VARIOUS OF CHILDREN PLAYING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CHARITY WORKER, ABDUL LATIF SHAGHALEH, SAYING: "The situation for the children is so bad. Their psychological condition is hard. We are trying to organise some activities for them so they can interact with us and integrate into the society. We had some activities for them. Some kids are interacting with us but there are still children affected psychologically by war. We are trying to alleviate their conditions." VARIOUS OF WORKERS COOKING FOR THE DISPLACED FAMILIES VARIOUS OF WORKERS PREPARING FOOD PEOPLE QUEUING FOR FOOD VARIOUS OF PEOPLE HOLDING FOOD MAN PREPARING FOOD PEOPLE IN QUEUE BY MEDICAL CLINIC VAN VARIOUS OF AID WORKER INSIDE MEDICAL CLINIC VAN MEDICINE
- Embargoed: 16th December 2016 17:19
- Keywords: Syria refugee aid Aleppo medicine food children
- Location: JIBREEN, SYRIA
- City: JIBREEN, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Reuters ID: LVA0015B209XJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:About 4,000 people in Jibreen, a government-controlled part of Aleppo, received aid on Thursday (December 1) after fleeing the besieged eastern zone of the city in the past few days.
Advances by the Syrian army and its allies in rebel-held parts of eastern Aleppo has caused thousands to flee their homes in recent days.
Mahmoud Zakariya, a Syrian refugee, expressed concerns over the fate of his children and country.
"I wish Syria returned to the way it was five years ago, the country of safety, prosperity," he said.
Aid workers distributed food and medicine and organised games for children.
"The situation for the children is so bad. Their psychological condition is a little bit hard. We are trying to organise some activities for them so they can interact with us and integrate into the society," a charity worker, Abdul Latif Shaghaleh said.
The United Nations is scaling up its presence in western Aleppo to help with the aid effort but also to monitor the treatment of people fleeing the besieged zone.
The U.N. has food for 150,000 people ready in western Aleppo but it still cannot reach roughly 200,000 who remain in the enclave, where food stocks have run out and surgery is being done in basements without anesthetic.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is in talks with the Syrian government to gain access to people being screened or detained after fleeing the siege, a senior ICRC official told Reuters.
Although 30,000 were known to have fled to the western sector, countless others were likely to have escaped in other directions, and the number could rise by tens of thousands, the ICRC said in a statement.
A ground and air campaign by Syrian government forces and their Russian and Lebanese allies that began in September has cut off rebels in their most important urban stronghold, and left around 250,000 civilians with rapidly dwindling food and medical facilities.
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