by Taylor Luck | Mar 24,2012 | JORDAN TIMES
THE UNITED NATIONS has launched a multimillion dollar aid appeal to support Syrian refugees as the numbers of Syrians fleeing to Jordan continue to rise.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) announced on Friday that it has launched an $84 million appeal to support the efforts of host countries which are witnessing a surge in refugees due to a rise in violence in Syria over the last two months.
In a press conference in Geneva on Friday, the UNHCR said the amount is designed to cover the basic humanitarian needs of some 100,000 refugees across the region for up to six months.
The aid appeal, the first of its kind since the start of the crisis one year ago, will be carried out in coordination with host countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, as well as 27 international and local NGOs, which have so far carried the bulk of the burden of meeting the humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees in the Kingdom.
Reports quote diplomatic sources as saying that the agency has long delayed the appeal in order to avoid upsetting its relations with Damascus, which has allowed a large-scale UNHCR presence to provide services and support for the some one million Iraqi refugees in the country.
It was unclear how much of the $84 million will be allocated to Jordan, which has hosted the bulk of Syrians fleeing the spiralling violence in their home country.
The appeal bid comes amidst a rise in the number of Syrians fleeing to Jordan, which according to security sources has surpassed 100,000 since the launch of a military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in March 2011.
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