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UN humanitarian chief visits displaced Syrians in schools

08-15-2012 03:07 BJT

(DAMASCUS, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos visited Tuesday afternoon a couple of schools in the Syrian capital that are hosting displaced families.

Amos, who arrived in Syria Tuesday morning, paid a visit to the schools located in al-Zahera district, a suburban area of Damascus.

Amos has held a meeting with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad after her arrival, and is set to meet Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem on Wednesday.

The content of the discussions were not immediately known, but the aim of the visit was to discuss ways to scale up the humanitarian response, according to Jens Laerke, spokesman of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Amos' last visit to Syria was in March, during which she visited a number of restive areas, mainly the Baba Amru neighborhood in central Homs province.

The UN humanitarian chief also urged the Syrian government to give the United Nations a chance to conduct an independent assessment of humanitarian situation in restive areas in Syria.



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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