Turkey sets up fifth container city in Syria

Arab World Materials 5 June 2014 09:56 (UTC +04:00)
Turkey sets up fifth container city in Syria
Turkey sets up fifth container city in Syria

Turkish aid organization Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) is establishing a new container city in Syria in a bid to provide shelter for displaced Syrians in a region close to the war-torn country's borderline with Turkey Anadolu Agency reported

IHH's fifth refugee camp is being built in Sicco village in the Syrian district of Azez, on the outskirts of Aleppo, and will consist of one thousand containers to provide shelter for 12,000 Syrians in an area of about 900,000 square meters.

The new camp will include a refectory, health center and other social facilities.

We have already been providing aid for the existing tent camp in Bab as-Salam region, also on the border, for the last two years, IHH Syria Fieldwork Coordinator Serkan Oktem told Anadolu Agency.

"The container city will be our fifth camp in the region. Other aid organizations from South African Republic and Qatar also support the efforts for the camp," he said.

Citing the irregular structuring of the tent city, Oktem stressed that Bab as-Salam region will be more organized when the Syrians living in tents transferred to containers.

He added that there are currently a total of 16,500 people in tents in Bab as-Salam.

The coordinator pointed out the problems related to hygiene and environmental health in the camp which are triggered by lack of water, especially during the summertime.

To combat this, he said they will allocate two pest control vehicles to apply insecticide across all the camps in the region.

Turkey has continued humanitarian aid for Syrian civilians who have limited access to food and medicine since the start of the civil war which entered its fourth year in March, internally displacing more than 6.5 million people.

Syria has been gripped by almost constant fighting since the regime launched a violent crackdown in response to anti-government protests in 2011, triggering a conflict, which spiraled into a civil war.

At least 100,000 deaths were recorded in the U.N.'s last official count in July 2013. In January, the U.N. announced it had stopped updating the death toll because an official count had become too difficult to verify.

As daily clashes between Syrian regime forces and opposition groups continue to claim lives, a large number of Syrians have been forced to flee the country into neighboring countries including Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq, where more than two and a half million are now registered as refugees.