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UN appeals for safe passage for 140,000 civilians stranded southeast of Syria

File photo of Syrian refugees at a Turkish refugee camp on the Syrian-side of the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing
File photo of Syrian refugees at a Turkish refugee camp on the Syrian-side of the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing

UN High Commission for Refugees yesterday appealed for all sides in the Syria conflict to afford safe passage for about 140,000 civilians stranded due to ongoing clashes in the south east of the country, German news website Dw.com reported.

According to the site, the UN appealed for the safe passage in order to be able to driver aid to the stranded civilians.

The UN also said that it is ready to discuss its plan to set up refugee camps for the Syrian returnees with the Syrian regime and Russia on condition that return is issued safely and complies with international criteria.

The spokesman for the UN High Commission for Refugees said that about 13,000 Syrian refugees from neighbouring countries and 750,000 of those internally displaced returned to their home towns during the first half of 2018.

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