Heavy snow and rain devastate hundreds of Syrian refugee camps


Heavy snow affecting parts of the Middle East over the past few days devastated hundreds of Syrian refugee camps along the Turkish border overnight Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

Many tents were unable to withstand harsh weather and the weight of snowfall in Afrin and Azez districts of northern Syria, and the snow also blocked local roads, Anadolu news agency reports.1

Although the snowfall stopped early Wednesday morning, roads were closed in camps located around Afrin and Azez, where the snow piled as high as 40 cm (15.7 inches) deep.

Bülent Yıldırım, head of the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), said that winter conditions are becoming more difficult.2

"Many tents, including those in this tent city, were destroyed. People who live here have taken shelter with those who live in other camps," he said.

Yıldırım invited donors from Turkey and around the world to help those in dire need.


1 Snowfall brings down tents in northern Syria, leaving refugees out in the cold – Anadolu Agency

2 Turkish NGO calls for urgent humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees – Daily Sabah

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