Winter hits Syrian refugee camps in Latakia

Winter weather and heavy snowfall hits western Syria, including Latakia refugee camp

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Winter Weather hits Syrian Refugee camps in Latakia

A powerful winter storm has covered some parts of Syria in snow and created difficult conditions for refugees staying temporarily in the country's Latakia Province.

A video posted on social media showed a snowstorm hitting the Latakia refugee camp.

"We are refugees here from Turkmen mountain. We have been here for four years," said an unnamed refugee.

 "The local councils are lacking, the relief and support was all given to the new refugees. We have many shortages, we don't have wood, no heaters," the refugee said.

"We ask those who are concerned to look into the refugees' rights because our situation is very very bad." 

Most of the refugees live in very hard conditions, using basic shelters made from wood and plastic

"I got displaced from the Kurds' Mountain… it took us a couple of days until we secured ourselves in this cold. It is -10 degrees here. It's cold and there's snow," said another refugee.

We barely managed to get a tent, we don't have anything at all. We have an old person. It's too cold, we are unable to get wood or relief," said the second refugee. 

Reuters, TRTWorld and agencies