Syrians stranded in ‘dire’ desert conditions after fall of Deraa
News | 13.07.2018
Up to 250,000 without shelter having fled birthplace of uprising where surrender agreed
The United Nations has called for unimpeded access to almost 250,000 Syrians stranded in the desert near Jordan and Israel, who fled as forces loyal to the regime of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, entered rebel-controlled parts of Deraa, the birthplace of protests that led to the country’s civil and proxy war.
The UN high commissioner for refugees said 234,500 people had fled the violence in the country’s south since mid-June. The international body’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said their situation was “dire”. It said they were residing without shelter or protection from desert heat and winds and had dwindling food supplies, as it called on all warring sides to allow the passage of aid deliveries to civilians.