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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Notes to correspondents

Note to Correspondents on humanitarian assistance to Syria

New York, 20 March 2014

(Nusaybin, Turkey, 20 March 2014) The United Nations confirms that a convoy carrying vital aid supplies for hundreds of thousands of people desperately in need in the north of Syria is leaving the Turkish border crossing at Nusaybin today, bound for the city of Qamishli. The convoy contains food supplies, blankets and mattresses, family kits, hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies from the World Food Programme, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the International Organization for Migration. It is the first time in three years of this brutal conflict that the UN has been able to carry aid across into Syria from Turkey.
NB: This can be attributable to the regional Humanitarian Coordinator, Nigel Fisher.

For more information, please contact:
Amman: Jutta Hinkkanen, +962 79 867 4612, hinkkanen@un.org
Cairo: Iyad Nasr, +202 24535691-96, +201095558662, nasri@un.org

Notes to correspondents on 20 March 2014