46,000 brick houses delivered to displaced people in Idlib, Syria

The construction of nearly 52,500 of the 63,500 briquette houses intended for the Idlib region, the last opposition stronghold in northwest Syria, has been completed and 46,000 houses have been delivered to families in need , Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Saturday.

Accompanied by Rahmi Doğan, governor of the border province of Hatay in southern Turkey, and the chairman of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Yunus Sezer, Soylu visited the sites where houses in bricks are being built in Idlib.

Soylu visited families who moved into the new brick houses and those still living in tents, bringing greetings from the Turkish people and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the community and distributing toys and chocolates to children during the distribution of AFAD aid boxes.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Soylu noted that around 3.9 million people live in Idlib and that Turkish agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) under the coordination of AFAD are working to support people here.

Stating that there are about 2,900 briquette houses in the area, Soylu said, “The houses built by our President, our Cabinet members and all our friends are also in this area. Hundreds of thousands of people live here. So far, about 63,500 brick houses have been planned in the Idlib region. A total of 52,500 of them have been completed, the construction of another 7,500 has started. About 46,000 of the completed have been delivered.

The latest storm has piled misery on refugee camps in war-torn northern Syria, where most of the displaced are living in tents, many of which are collapsing under the weight of snow. Other areas experience heavy rains or freezing temperatures.

Many of the estimated 3 million displaced people in Syria are facing dire winter conditions with a severe snowstorm pounding the region, the United Nations recently warned, as it urged the international community to do more for the protect. He also said nearly 1,000 tents housing displaced civilians collapsed due to snowfall in northwestern Syria.

“It’s a real disaster area,” said Mark Cutts, the UN’s deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syrian crisis, who is in charge of Turkey’s cross-border aid operations in the northwest.

The Idlib region, where the 2.8 million displaced live, is the last Syrian enclave to oppose the Damascus regime. Humanitarian aid reaches the region mainly through the Turkish-Syrian border under a special UN authorization free from interference from Damascus, which expires in July.

Idlib lies in a de-escalation zone forged under an agreement between Turkey and Russia in March 2020. However, the Syrian regime has consistently violated the terms of the ceasefire, launching frequent attacks in inside the de-escalation zone.

Since April 2018, attacks on Idlib have intensified considerably, causing new waves of refugees to flow towards the Turkish border and putting the country – which already hosts 3.7 million Syrian refugees – in a difficult position.

Life for Syrians facing many hardships in rural tent camps in Idlib has become much more difficult due to recent winter conditions. As the humanitarian disaster in the region has reached new heights, people are trying to survive by taking shelter under trees or rickety tents built on mud and puddles. Many Turkish NGOs and state agencies, including AFAD, the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) and the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH), continue to provide life-saving aid and carry out relief efforts in the region. .

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