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June 21, 2011

UNHCR finds North Western Syria "emptied"!

June 21, 2011

June 21, 2011

Check this report from UNHCR on emptied villages in North Western Syria, very sad.

"UNHCR participated in a government-organized mission to the Syrian town of Jisr Al Shugour yesterday, close to the border with Turkey. The visit was led by the Syrian military for 150 diplomats, members of the media, and UN agencies and approached Jisr al Shugour from Idlib to the east. A UNHCR staff member reported that villages were increasingly empty from around 40 kilometres away from Jisr al Shugour. There was no evidence of people working in the fields. Jisr al Shugour itself was almost deserted, with most shops shuttered and closed.
The mission was shown the scene of the battle and did not focus on humanitarian needs. No displaced populations were encountered, but the fact that Jisr al Shughour and surrounding villages are empty indicates significant displacement".


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